August 16, 2015
John Deere Is Biggest Seller Of Autonomous Vehicles
John Deere tractors are still supposed to have a human behind the wheel while they drive themselves. The tractors are able to plow and plant much more efficiently when they drive themselves. Case IH and other competitors also sell self-driving tractors.
20 years from now even fields of vegetables will be planted and harvested totally by machines.
John Deere is also among the makers of autonomous lawn mowers.
You can watch the future happening on farm fields while you wait to see it come to highways.
Randall Parker, 2015 August 16 07:42 PM
Are farms in Europe much more automated than they are here? Europe certainly doesn't have the supply of vast pools of unskilled labor that we have. For example, what farming practices are used in England?
My mileage is better when I put our 17 year old car on cruise control. Annoying for my ego, good for our pocketbook.
I'm not sure how to compare the two countries, but I presume Australia is ahead of the United States on farm automation thanks to high labour costs and the fact that we only recently came off a long period of a high Australian dollar which made importing farm machinery easier. We build agricultural drones here (the flying sort) and now the Australian dollar is down it might become a good little export earner, but what usually happens in these situations is we end up doing design while another country manufactures them. Anyway, with high labour costs and large farms Australia is likely to be ground zero for agricultural automation, the only problem is it's not a huge market by itself and so it will take the combined demand of developed world farmers to drive the development of robo-agriculture.