Your questions on R-Stepps.
Why have you selected to work in arid environments?
Arid and semi-arid environments account for 40% of the world’s land surface.
R-Stepps approach will take account of local conditions, including: the best vegetation for the environment taking into account regional knowledge and water consumption.
Will R-Stepps support local jobs?
Yes. Our approach has been calibrated with local administration and populations in Morocco, Chad and Algeria. The focus of job creation will be on the maintenance and oversight of the robots. We will also look to localise production.
Will robots withstand these tough environmental and terrain conditions?
R-Stepps has undertaken research and development to make the robots flexible, adaptable, and easy to repair. They will run primarily on solar power.
How many plants can the robots plant ?
This will depend on the type of vegetation that will be planted.
In what way can R-Stepps contribute to the fight against Covid-19 ?
On a pragmatic level, robots allow for carbon capture through tree planting with a degree of social distancing.
More generally, a better environment can help prevent ecological changes that may help fight new viruses in the future.