Naïo Orio agricultural robot demo at World Ag Expo

Orio weeding robot by Naio Technologies
The new Orio autonomous weeding robot is designed to maneuver over top of the crop rows. | Credit: Mobile Robot Guide

Naïo Technologies launched the new Orio autonomous mobile robot for agriculture at the 2022 World Ag Expo. The new Naïo Orio robot is a mid-sized platform designed to be a “generalist” platform that can be outfitted with any number of implements.

Orio joins the growing Naïo portfolio of autonomous agricultural robots including: Oz, Ted and Dino.

Orio is primarily a mechanical weeding robot, and can autonomously navigate the crop rows using GPS and vision guidance. There are a number of weeding implements that can be attached to Orio, depending on the crop configuration.

“Naïo Orio is a sustainable alternative to the use of herbicides that respects soils, improves working conditions and collects data for smart farming”, explains Ingrid Sarlandie, COO for Naïo Technologies. “Orio offers a sustainable, serviceable and smart farming solution combining high edge technology in robotics and AI. We engineered a light electric and autonomous ag. robot for obvious sustainable reasons: no carbon emission, no chemical use. “

Naio Technology Orio robot
The Orio can be fitted with a variety of implements for mechanical weeding operations. | Credit: Mobile Robot Guide

Orio is GPS and camera guided, equipped with multiple sensors running on an algorithm based on artificial intelligence. Orio offers a high precision weeding and a very precise guidance of the implements attached in the center of the robot.

Orio can also carry any implement at the rear of the robot thanks to its three-point attachment. For instance, high accuracy seeding is an additional service Orio is providing to growers allowing enhanced results when combined with weeding.

“We are offered the solution in a Robots-as-a-Service model which means that growers would call us and say, ‘Hey, I have 200 acres to be weeded next week, can you come over?’ and we’d come with a robot and the operator and complete the task for a fee, without the need to purchase the equipment”, said Sarlandie.

Tech Specs:

POWER: 100% electric, lithium batteries
AUTONOMOUS USE: up to 12 hours / swappable batteries
SPEED: up to 3mph
DIMENSIONS: 391 cm x 177 cm x 195 cm (L 154 inches x W 70 to 86 inches x H 77 inches)
WEIGHT: 821 kg (2,200 lbs)
AVERAGE WORK RATE: up to 30 acres/24h
ADAPTABLE TOOLS: Seeder, cultivating, in-row weeding, and many more

Assembled in Salinas

In response to local market needs and growing customer demands, Naïo has consolidated an office in the United States. It is located in the heart of California agriculture, the Salinas Valley. The US assembly of its Orio robots will begin at this location. Today, its team of 14 employees cover all of California’s growing regions and various ag. industries, including the state of Arizona.

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Mike Oitzman

Mike Oitzman is Senior Editor of WTWH's Robotics Group, cohost of The Robot Report Podcast, and founder of the Mobile Robot Guide. Oitzman is a robotics industry veteran with 25-plus years of experience at various high-tech companies in the roles of marketing, sales and product management. He can be reached at