Frontier IP Group Plc’s portfolio firm Fieldwork Robotics has won over £500,000 in funding from Innovate UK. The money will be used to accelerate the development of its raspberry-picking robot.
Frontier, which holds a 27.5% stake in Fieldwork, said the funding would put towards a project to create a multi-armed robot prototype
The award forms part of the UK’s industrial strategy challenge fund, an effort by the government to boost R & D funding by £4.7bn over the next four years. Frontier said it expected Fieldwork to seek further funding from institutional and private investors during 2019 to support the development of its fruit-picking robots.
As the availability of farm labourers continues to decline in the long-term, farmers are becoming increasingly interested in robotics technology which can make up for the shortfall, an issue that has been brought into sharper focus in the UK due to Brexit.