September 2016
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Robot-Assisted Precision Irrigation Delivery (RAPID) is a co-robotic approach using a team of humans and robots that move through farms fields, enabling farmers to adjust low-cost drip irrigation emitters at the plant level based on water use data and ground conditions. Deployment of this technology is aimed at increasing irrigation precision and plant yield. The project involves the design, development, and evaluation of a series of prototypes of low-cost, robust, co-robotic systems compatible with existing drip irrigation infrastructure in vineyards and orchards. Field testing will be implemented on vineyards in the Central Valley, Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties of California.