Western Producer – by Robin Booker
WESTERN PRODUCER — Artificial intelligence is on the cusp of causing a sea change in agriculture that promises to quickly challenge conventional crop-production and farm management techniques.
Many components required to build autonomous, smart agricultural equipment for vegetable and grain production in North America are already proven technologies.
Sensors including camera, lidar, and radar, as well as components that enable the electrification of machines such as hydraulic pumps, batteries and control systems are also far more available now compared to a few years ago.
The rapid increase of component options available to OEMs, short-line and start-up equipment manufacturers suggests competitive pricing pressure will be an early feature of the autonomous farm equipment market.
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