It is Spring in the southern hemisphere and our strawberry picking robots are on their way to Australia!
They will arrive on site in a few weeks, ready to leave the shipping containers in which they are both transported and stored and start work.
Seasonal agricultural workers must often travel long distances to satisfy changing labour requirements. Now that robotic picking is being used to make up for the shortfall in human labour, it is an interesting irony that robots are also migrating with the changing seasons.
Unlike people they don’t need passports or visas – although they do need to be scrupulously clean to pass Australian quarantine!