Apple-picking robot a game-changer for orchardists | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Apple-picking robot a game-changer for orchardists

An apple orchard out the back of Puketapu, Hawke’s Bay, has a new worker - one that could help the industry's chronic seasonal labour shortage.

The world's first robotic apple harvester at work in a T&G Global orchard in Hawke's Bay could be a game changer for apple growers.

Designed by American based company Abundant Robotics, it looks less like Star Wars' C-3PO and more like a tractor, and makes a sound similar to a rooster.

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