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French wine country inspires a new Japanese farming robot

Self-driving sprayer from Yanmar designed for narrow rows and steep slopes

Yanmar's vineyard robot can navigate steep slopes that trip up other agricultural equipment. (Photo courtesy of Yanmar) 

OSAKA -- France's wine country has beckoned one of Japan's top farm equipment makers, which has built a robot designed for sloping vineyards.

Yanmar Holdings' YV01 sprayer navigates rows of vines at 4 kph, guided by accurate RTK GPS and by self-driving technology grounded in the company's tractors.

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