Apple-Picking Robots Gear up For US Debut in Washington State

Next fall, as you browse the produce section at your local grocery store, pay close attention to the apples. You might be witnessing American history.

For the first time, some of the apples sold in the U.S. will be picked by a robot rather than human hands. That’s thanks to agricultural automation startup Abundant Robotics, the maker of apple harvesting machines that will partake in Washington state’s next harvest.

“This will be the first season that we’re actually ready to harvest commercially,” said Abundant CEO Dan Steere. “It’s incredibly exciting.”

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