Blue River Technology’s Willy Pell on John Deere and Autonomous Tractors. More Cruise’s robot taxis

On Episode 75 of The Robot Report podcast, Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman interview Willy Pell, Vice President of Autonomy at Blue River Technology. Also, Cruise’s robot taxis are stopped.


welcome to Episode 75 from The Robot Report podcast, where each week Bot Report editor Steve Crowe and Guide to mobile robots editor Mike Oitzman reviews the latest robotics, automation and intelligent systems news and announcements, and interviews leading roboticists, leaders of innovative robotics companies and other key members of the robotics community.

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In episode 75 of The Robot Report Podcast, Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman discuss the recent story of a Cruise robotaxi being pulled over by a San Francisco police officer (see video below).

Additionally, Oitzman spoke with Willy Pell, vice president of autonomy at Blue River Technology which was acquired by John Deere in 2017 for $305 million. As Pell describes, the acquisition was key to John Deere‘s roadmap to developing a fully autonomous tractor, resulting in the launch of the John Deere 8R autonomous tractor in January 2021.



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