Blue River Technology’s Willy Pell brings AI to the farm

Welcome to episode 75 of The Robot Report Podcast, which lets you chat directly with robotics innovators. Join us weekly for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.

A cruising robotaxi is confused by a traffic policeman

In this week’s episode, Steve and Mike discuss the recent history of a Cruise robotaxi being pulled over by a San Francisco traffic cop. Here’s the video that sparked the conversation:

Interview with Blue River Technology / John Deere Tractors

This week, Mike spoke with Willy Pell, Vice President of Autonomy at Blue River Technology. Blue River Technology was acquired by John Deere in 2017 for $305 million, a big sum of money for a young startup. However, as you will learn in the interview, the acquisition was key to John Deere‘s roadmap towards developing a fully autonomous tractor, resulting in the launch of the John Deere 8R autonomous tractor in January 2021.


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