Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Robots poised to revolutionise agriculture

an article by Robert Bogue (Consultant, Okehampton, UK) published in Industrial Robot: An International Journal Volume 43 Issue 5 (2016)


This paper aims to provide details of a number of recent and significant agricultural robot research and development activities.

Following an introduction, this first provides a brief overview of agricultural robot research. It then discusses a number of specific activities involving robots for precision weed control and fertiliser application. A selection of harvesting robots and allied technological developments is then considered and is followed by concluding comments.

Agricultural robots are the topic of an extensive research and development effort. Several autonomous robots aimed at precision weed control and fertiliser application have reached the pre-production stage. Equally, harvesting robots are at an advanced stage of development. Both classes exploit state-of-the-art machine vision and image processing technologies which are the topic of a major research effort. These developments will contribute to the forecasted rapid growth in the agricultural robot markets during the next decade.

Robots are expected to play a significant role in meeting the ever increasing demand for food, and this paper provides details of some recent agricultural robot research and development activities.

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