Rabbit Tractors
Location: Greater Chicago Area
Founded in: 2017
Stage: Pre-launch
Number of employees: 1-5
Funding history:
- Date: 07/2017, Accelerator/Incubator: $40 k
Investors: Iowa AgriTech Accelerator
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Referred by: 2017 Robot Launch

Rabbit Tractors

Greater Chicago Area
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Equipment makes up 20% of the costs of a farming operation. Despite this, farms have an average asset utilization ratio of 0.1925; a dismal statistic in a low margin business. Rabbit Tractors remedies this inefficiency by both increasing the amount of work each piece of equipment accomplishes as well as decreasing the amount of equipment needed.

            Our tractors, much smaller and lighter than traditional tractors, operate in a swarm-connected fashion to accomplish the same amount of work as their behemoth counterparts without the permanent damage to yields of soil compaction. By being smaller, they become mobile. Because current tractor’s size makes them inefficient to transport, they are geographically constrained by where they can be efficiently driven at low speeds. Multiple Rabbit’s can be loaded onto standard trailers and transported further distances, at greater speeds, on highways.

            Swarm connectivity makes Rabbit’s modular, allowing farmer’s to buy the exact amount of equipment for their operation and then add more equipment as their operation grows.

            The small platform of the Rabbit also makes it capable of fulfilling multiple roles. While traditionally high-boom sprayers and tractors were separate pieces of equipment, the smaller attachments, tanks and booms utilized in the Rabbit makes switching between purposes not only possible, but simple to do by hand.

            Currently a member of the Iowa Agritech Accelerator, Rabbit is in the advanced stages of customer discovery and designing a full-scale prototype. Our goal is to have a manually manipulatable prototype by the end of 2017 and full-autonomy integrated by mid-2018. Given the simple mechanical design as well as wide-range of open-source autopilot platforms, we believe these timelines to be aggressive but achievable. We have conducted a patent search and are now filing a patent on what we believe to be a key feature.