twitter RSS Feed linkedin acp contact

Agricultural robots and drones to reach US$12bn by 2026

The IDTechEx Research report “Agricultural Robots and Drones 2016-2026: Technologies, Markets, Players” predicts that robotic technology will enter into different aspects of agriculture and change the way farming is done

Agricultural drones robotsThe report predicts that there will be a huge rise in agricultural vehicles adopting autonomous navigation technology in the next decade. (Image source: Wikimedia Images/Pixabay)

The report gives a detailed roadmap of how robotic technology will become the future of agrochemicals business and how it will modify the way we design agricultural machinery. It provides detailed technology roadmaps, technology- and territory-segmented ten-year market forecasts and comprehensive interview-based company profiles, forecasting that agricultural robots and drones will reach US$12bn by 2026.

Agricultural vehicles have been at the forefront of developing and adopting autonomous navigation technology. The report notes that more than 320,000 tractors equipped with autosteer or tractor guidance technology will be sold in 2016 alone, rising to 660,000/year in 2026. These tractors use RTK GPS technology to autonomously follow pre-planned paths with cm-level accuracy, making agriculture the largest adopter of autonomous navigation.

Leading tractor companies worldwide have already demonstrated master-slave or ‘follow-me’ unmanned autonomous tractors or load carts, the report states. In these arrangements, a manned operator supervises the movement of the leader tractor with others following suite.

This technological evolution is expected to further the notion that big is better because it enables further amplifying the productivity of the skilled driver via multiple slave or follower vehicles. This arrangement will find increasing use in large-scale crop field farming.

The report forecasts that fully and unmanned autonomous tractors will be the next evolutionary step. Multiple semi-commercial prototypes have already been demonstrated by leading agricultural machinery companies. The tractor will be equipped with a variety of overlapping sensors such as LIDAR, RADAR, and sonar to provide autonomous navigation in the absence of GPS signal together with collision avoidance.

IDTechEx Research forecasts that sales of fully autonomous tractors will start only from 2021/2022 onwards, reaching more than US$200mn in 2026.


LATEST NEWS IN Machinery & Equipment

Compostable crop sensors on the cards

Compostable crop sensors on the cards

An international research collaboration is planning to explore new ways of monitoring crop growth with biodegradable sensors which can be composted at the end of their lifespan The US$2.2mn CHIST-ERA project,...

Pöttinger presents new grassland products

Pöttinger presents new grassland product…

Grassland specialist Pöttinger has once again launched a new range of innovations for the new season, with something new for every link in the harvesting chain – from mowing, tedding...

JOSKIN continues and strengthens its ‘Advantage’ series production

JOSKIN continues and strengthens its ‘Ad…

Joskin’s ‘Advantage’ series production concept continues to gain momentum, in particular with the regular addition of new ranges and models

AGRF, Heifer International and Generation Africa announce Pitch AgriHack 2022

AGRF, Heifer International and Generatio…

African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), Heifer International and Generation Africa has announced the launch of Pitch AgriHack 2022, marking the second year the organisations have come together, to provide cash...

Complete whitefish processing solution by Marel and Curio partnership

Complete whitefish processing solution b…

Marel and Curio have together unveiled their new whitefish processing solution, ideal for small processors looking to increase automation in the face of labour shortages

Mastercard and Ecobank Group to empower smallholder farmers through financial inclusion

Mastercard and Ecobank Group to empower …

Mastercard and Ecobank Group have partnered to connect millions of smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to Mastercard’s Farm Pass – a digital platform that makes it safer and easier for...

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Machinery & Equipment

Faymonville group acquires Industrie Cometto S.p.A

Faymonville group acquires Industrie Com…

Last week, Faymonville, the manufacturer of semi-trailers for the special haulage industry has reached an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the shares of Industrie Cometto S.p.A

Cargill to invest US$100mn in Egypt operations

Cargill to invest US$100mn in Egypt oper…

Cargill is expanding its soya bean crushing operation in Borg El Arab, Egypt with an investment of US$100mn

STEYR tractor wins product design award

STEYR tractor wins product design award

The Red Dot Design Award, one of the world’s largest design competitions, has recognised the STEYR Terrus CVT tractor as a winner in the ‘Product Design’ category

New printing options for AMIVAC bags supplied by Atlantis-Pak

New printing options for AMIVAC bags sup…

Atlantis-Pak has reached a new quality level for printing on its AMIVAC heat shrink bags after the installation of the advanced printing complex made by Comexi (Spain), on its production...

Somali farmers get access to Case IH machinery

Somali farmers get access to Case IH mac…

CNH Industrial has partnered with Somalia-based agro-cooperative group Gaalooge Cooperative, a move that is set to help the Somali farmers access new machinery from Case IH, as well as service...

FPT Industrial powers Case IH tractor with N67 Stage V

FPT Industrial powers Case IH tractor wi…

In partnership with its sister brand Case IH, Italy-based FPT Industrial is powering the Optum 300 CVXDrive tractor with its N67 Stage V engine

ANDRITZ: A global leader in feed and biofuel technologies

ANDRITZ: A global leader in feed and bio…

ANDRITZ Feed & Biofuel Technologies has decades of experience in designing and building feed and biomass plants, including engineering, installation, start-up, service, and commissioning

Stakeholders plan to improve availability of climate info for farmers in Nigeria

Stakeholders plan to improve availabilit…

Stakeholders in the agriculture sector are planning to improve the provision of climate information services to farmers in Nigeria

EU-funded project to enable interoperability of agricultural electronics-based systems

EU-funded project to enable interoperabi…

The first results from EU’s Horizon project ‘Agricultural Interoperability and Analysis System’ (ATLAS), a new open interoperability network to integrate and connect many farm data sources simply, will be presented...

Lesotho to get its first-ever electronic Farmer Registry

Lesotho to get its first-ever electronic…

Lesotho is going to have it’s first-ever National Farmer Registry, technically and financially supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

IoT innovation to transform the world of rice

IoT innovation to transform the world of…

Bühler Group has introduced a new digital rice analyser TotalSense, which enables the reduction of costs, improvement of yield, and improvement of quality for rice processors

Agrograph releases AGROS 4.0

Agrograph releases AGROS 4.0

Agricultural technology company AGROS 4.0 has unveiled an expanded global model with improved accuracy for yield and credit models up to 95 per cent accuracy

Prev Next