Agricultural Robots

Driverless Tractors, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Material Management, Field Crops and Forest Management, Soil Management, Dairy Management, and Animal Management for Precision Agriculture

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The market for agricultural robots is developing at a rapid pace, with a large number of established and startup agricultural technology companies developing, piloting, and launching an innovative range of robotic systems to tackle a wide variety of tasks.  Key application areas for agricultural robots include driverless tractors, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), material management, field crops and forest management, soil management, dairy management, and animal management, with a diverse set of subcategories emerging within each of those areas.

The rising demand for agricultural robots is being driven by a number of factors including global population growth, increasing strain on the food supply, declining availability of farm workers, the challenges and complexities of farm labor, the cost of farm workers, changing farmlands, climate change, the growth of indoor farming, and the broader automation of the agriculture industry.  Market challenges remain for development of the sector, however, such as unclear value propositions, limited awareness of robotic systems among growers, insufficient robotic solutions, the difficulty of matching human-like dexterity with machines, fragmented technology development, weak administrative support, and infrastructure issues.  Against the backdrop of these market drivers and barriers, Tractica forecasts that shipments of agricultural robots will increase significantly in the years ahead, rising from 32,000 units in 2016 to 594,000 units annually in 2024, by which time the market is expected to reach $74.1 billion in annual revenue.

This Tractica report, developed in collaboration with The Robot Report, examines global market trends for agricultural robots and provides 10-year market sizing and forecasts for agricultural robot shipments and revenue during the period from 2015 through 2024.  The report examines the market opportunities, barriers, and technology issues for each of the key application markets.  Market forecasts are segmented by world region and application type.  The study also includes 178 profiles of industry players in the agricultural robot market.

Key Questions Addressed:

  • What is the current state of the agricultural robot market and how will it develop over the next decade?
  • What are the key drivers of market growth, and the key challenges faced by the industry?
  • What are the major applications for agricultural robots and what are their respective growth profiles?
  • What are the technology challenges associated with agricultural robots?
  • Who are the important players in the agricultural robot market?
  • What is the size of the agricultural robot market opportunity?

Who Needs This Report?

  • Agricultural robot manufacturers
  • Farm and industrial automation companies
  • Mobile and field robot vendors
  • Software developers and systems integrators
  • Agricultural sensor technology vendors
  • Agricultural robot research organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
    1. Introduction
    2. Agricultural Robot Market Segmentation
    3. Market Dynamics
    4. Strategic Recommendations to Market Players
    5. Global Market Forecast
  2. Market Issues
    1. Market Drivers
      1. Global Population Growth and Food Demand
      2. The Availability of Farm Workers
      3. Difficulties and Dangers Involved in Farm Jobs
      4. Increasing Wages of Hired Farm Workers
      5. Demand for Automated Applications
        1. Driverless Tractors
        2. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
        3. Material Management
        4. Field Crops and Forest Management
        5. Soil Management
        6. Dairy Management
        7. Animal Management
      6. Reshaping, Shrinking, and Abandoned Farmland
      7. Growing Indoor and Urban Farming
      8. Climate Change
    2. Market Challenges
      1. Unclear Value Proposition
      2. Awareness
      3. Insufficient Solutions and Difficult to Replace Human-Like Dexterity
      4. Fragmented Developments and Poor Administrative Support
      5. Infrastructural Issues
    3. Ecosystem Players
      1. Farm and Industrial Automation Vendors
      2. Industrial Robot Vendors
      3. Mobile Robot Vendors
      4. Sensor Technology Vendors
      5. Agricultural Research Organizations, Labs
  3. Technology Issues
    1. Heterogeneity of the Operating Environment
    2. Precise Identification and Classification of Targets and Obstacles
    3. Outdoor Positioning and Navigation Technology
    4. Transforming Food Systems and Complex Agricultural Practices
    5. Safety and Standards
    6. Energy Efficiency
    7. Farm Layouts and New Robots
  4. Key Industry Players
    1. Key Industry Players
      1. AGCO
      2. AMAZONEN-Werke
      3. Autonomous Solutions Inc.
      4. Autonomous Tractor Corporation
      5. CLAAS
      6. Clearpath Robotics
      7. CNH Industrial
      8. Deepfield Robotics
      9. DeLaval
      10. GEA Group
      11. Harvest Automation
      12. John Deere
      13. Kinze Manufacturing
      14. Kongskilde IndustriesKubota
      15. Lely
      16. Mitsubishi Mahindra Agricultural Machinery
      17. Panasonic Corporation
      18. Shibuya Seiki
      19. Trimble
      20. Yamaha Motor Company
      21. Yanmar
    2. Emerging Players
      1. 3D Robotics
      2. Abundant Robotics
      3. Adigo AS
      4. AeroFarms
      5. AgEagle
      6. AGERpoint
      7. AgJunction
      8. Ag Leader Technology
      9. Aglytix
      10. AgNav
      11. AgPixel
      12. Agribot
      13. Agribotix
      14. Agri-Copter
      15. Agrobot
      16. Airinov
      17. All Drone Solutions
      18. Arable Labs
      19. AutoProbe Technologies
      20. Blue River Technology
      21. BouMatic Robotics BV
      22. CARRE
      23. Ceres Imaging
      24. Clear Flight Solutions
      25. Conic System
      26. Costruzioni Meccaniche Ferrari
      27. Delair-Tech
      28. Digital Harvest
      29. DroneDeploy
      30. ecoRobotix
      31. Effidence
      32. Poulsen Engineering
      33. FarmBot Inc
      34. Franklin Robotics
      35. Fullwood LTD
      36. Gamaya
      37. Garford Farm Machinery
      38. Grimme Group
      39. HADA (Previously KSF)
      40. HETWIN
      41. Hi-phen
      42. Hokofarm Group (previously Insentec)
      43. Holland Green Machine
      44. Hortau
      45. Irmato
      46. Iron Ox
      47. ISEKI
      48. L’Avion Jaune
      49. Logiqs BV
      50. Maf Roda
      51. Mavrx
      52. Mirai Group
      53. Motorleaf
      54. Naïo Technologies
      55. OnFarm
      56. Pix4D
      57. PrecisionHawkPrecision Makers
      58. Priva Group
      59. Raussendorf Machine & Equipment
      60. Raven Industries
      61. RoboticsPlus
      62. Robotnik
      63. Rogue Rovers
      64. SAC
      65. senseFly
      66. Shenzhen DJI Innovations
      67. SlantRange
      68. Sorter
      69. SPREAD
      70. SQUSE (Sukyuzu)
      71. SwarmFarm Robotics
      72. TerrAvion
      73. Trioliet BV
      74. TTA BV
      75. Urban Crops
      76. Vision Robotics
      77. Vitirover SJCS
      78. Wall-Ye
    3. Other Significant Industry Participants
      1. Aarav Unmanned Systems
      2. Ag Business & Crop Inc.
      3. Agribots
      4. Agrifac Machinery
      5. Agrinetix
      6. Agri Optics
      7. Agroguia
      8. AGX Tecnologia
      9. ALCI Visionics & Robotics
      10. AMS-Galaxy-USA
      11. Aris B.V.
      12. CMW Horticulture
      13. Crop Production Services
      14. Demtech Services Inc.
      15. Deveron UAS
      16. DICKEY-John
      17. EGATEC A/S
      18. Empire Unmanned
      19. Energid Technologies Corporation
      20. cri (BFR Systems)
      21. Event 38 Unmanned Systems
      22. FF Robotics
      23. Force-A
      24. FT Sistemas
      25. Geo-Konzept
      26. Harvest CROO Robotics
      27. Helper Robotech Co. Ltd. (HRC)
      28. HETO Agrotechnics
      29. HoneyComb Corp.
      30. Hortiplan
      31. HUVR
      32. ISO Group
      33. Landview Technologies Inc.
      34. LD-Agro
      35. Leading Edge Technologies
      36. LemnaTec
      37. Mack Robotics Inc.
      38. Measure
      39. MicaSense
      40. Mid-Tech Services Inc.
      41. Near Earth Autonomy
      42. Pastoral Robotics
      43. Photon Systems Instruments (PSI)
      44. Precision Ag Solutions Company
      45. Qubit Phenomics
      46. Robotic Milking Integration Solutions (RMIS)Rowbot
      47. Schuitemaker
      48. Sentera
      49. SkySquirrel Technologies
      50. Steketee B.V.
      51. TeeJet Technologies
      52. Tillett and Hague Technology
      53. Transplant Systems
      54. UAV-IQ WineFlight
      55. Urbinati
      56. Valmont Industries Inc.
      57. VineRangers
      58. VineView Scientific Aerial Imaging
      59. Visser Horti Systems
      60. Wilbur-Ellis
    4. Academic and Research Labs / Programs
      1. Ag Robotics Lab (ARL) at Polytechnic University of Valencia
      2. Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at the University of Sydney
      3. Cambridge Consultants
      4. Clever Robots for Crops
      5. Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA
      6. Fujitsu Laboratories
      7. Georgia Institute of Technology Agricultural Technology Research Program
      8. Hokkaido University Laboratory of Vehicle Robotics (VeBots)
      9. Iowa State University Robotics Laboratory
      10. Irstea
      11. Japanese National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
      12. Lincoln University Lincoln Agritech
      13. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Institute for Future Environments
      14. SmartBot
      15. Wageningen University & Research
      16. Washington State University Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems
  5. Market Forecasts
    1. Definitions and Forecast Assumptions
    2. Global Market
    3. North America
    4. Europe
    5. Asia Pacific
    6. Latin America
    7. Middle East & Africa
    8. Conclusions and Recommendations
  6. Company Directory
  7. Acronym and Abbreviation List
  8. Table of Contents
  9. Table of Charts and Figures
  10. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts, Figures, and Tables

Charts
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue and Shipments, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Application Type, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Application Type, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Application Type, North America: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Shipments by Application Type, North America: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Application Type, Europe: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Shipments by Application Type, Europe: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Application Type, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Shipments by Application Type, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Application Type, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Shipments by Application Type, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Application Type, Middle East and Africa: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Shipments by Application Type, Middle East and Africa: 2015-2024
Figures
  • Agricultural Robot Segmentation
  • Global Population Growth: 1950-2050
  • Global Urban and Rural Population: 1950-2050
  • Fatal Injury Rate by Industry in the United States: 2014
  • Hired Workers and Wage Rates in U.S. Agriculture, 2000-2014
  • Concept Driverless Tractor
  • Agricultural Drone Solution - Agrion (using DJI Phantom)
  • Material Handling Robot HV-100
  • Sorting and Packing Installations for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
  • Tomato Harvesting Robot
  • Multi-Purpose Robotic Platform – BoniRob, QUT’s AgBot II
  • Milking Robot - Astronaut, Mione
  • Feeding Robot - Triomatic T30, Juno
  • Shrinking Arable Land: 1970-2050
  • Indoor Vertical Farm
  • Impact of Climate Change on Crops
  • Project MARS
  • Strawberry Picking
  • QZSS in Agriculture
  • The Food System
  • Robot Safety Standards
  • Autonomous Vegetable Harvesting Robot, Ladybird Using Solar Panels
  • Barn Layout
  • Fendt Varioterminal
  • Fendt GuideConnect (Unmanned Tractor behind Manned Tractor)
  • AmaSpot Sensor Nozzle System
  • AmaSpot Sensor Nozzle System: (1) GreenSense Fluorescence Sensor (2) Nozzle Switching via Pulse Width Frequency Modulation
  • ASI Mobius Control Software System Showing Action Plan
  • ASI Vehicle Automation Kit
  • ATC The Spirit Prototype
  • AutoDrive and eDrive on Converted John Deere Tractor
  • CLAAS CAM PILOT
  • GPS Pilot and Guidance System
  • Grizzly Robotic Utility Vehicle
  • Warthog Amphibious Unmanned Ground Vehicle
  • Case IH Magnum Autonomous Concept Tractor
  • New Holland T8 NHDrive Autonomous Concept Tractor
  • Adaptable Robotic Platform BoniRob
  • Deepfield 4D-Scan (Portable Device, Can Also Be Incorporated on BoniRob)
  • Voluntary Robotic Milking System
  • Automated Rotary Robotic Milking System
  • Mione Robotic Milking System
  • SRone Manure Scraper
  • HV-100
  • HV-100 Product Specification
  • John Deere Concept Fully Autonomous Cabless Tractor
  • TANGO E5 Autonomous Mower
  • Kinze Driverless Grain Cart Receiving Corn from a Combine While Keeping Up with Combine
  • Kinze Autonomous Grain Harvesting System User Interface
  • Vibro Crop Intelli Row Crop Cultivator
  • Vibro Crop Robotti
  • Kubota M7001 Series
  • Kubota Driverless Tractor Prototype
  • Lely Astronaut A4 Milking Robot
  • Lely Discovery
  • Robotic Rice Transplanter Prototype
  • Panasonic Tomato-Picking Robot
  • Factory Farm in Singapore Built by Panasonic
  • Shibuya Seiki Robotic Strawberry Picker
  • Shibuya Seiki Tray Conveyor Sorter
  • Future Farms
  • Trimble Ag Software (Connected Farm)
  • GreenSeeker
  • Yamaha RMax Remotely Piloted Helicopter
  • Yamaha FAZER Remotely Piloted Helicopter
  • Yanmar Concept Driverless Tractor YT01
  • Yanmar Manned Tractor Controls Driverless Tractor
  • 3DR Site Scan
  • Autonomous Apple Picker
  • Field Flux Robot
  • AeroFarms Indoor Vertical Farming
  • AgEagle RX60
  • GroveTracker Software
  • Outback Max Terminal
  • SteerCommand Automated Steering
  • SolverPod Analytics
  • AG-NAV Navigation System
  • AgPixel’s Specialty Classification Map
  • Agribot Agrirobo
  • Agribotix FarmLens
  • Agri-Copter Drone
  • Agrobot Strawberry Harvester 6010
  • SenseFly’s eBee Equipped with the multiSPEC 4C
  • ROAM System - Remotely Operated Agriculture Mapping
  • Arable Labs Pulsepod
  • AutoProbe Being Towed
  • LettuceBot - Precision Thinning
  • Milking Robots MR-S1 and MR-D1
  • ANATIS - Fully Autonomous Weeder and Hoeing Device (jointly with Naio)
  • Imagery Products from Ceres Imaging
  • Robirds
  • EMP-300 Automatic Grafting Machine
  • Driverless Robotic Transplanter FUTURA
  • DT18 Agri Package
  • RMax Being Tested
  • Drone Deploy Aerial Mapping App
  • Row Crop Weeder
  • EffiBot
  • Robovator, Vision-Based Thermal Weeder
  • FarmBot Genesis
  • Tertill Solar-Powered Continuous Roving Robot Weeder
  • Fullwood M2erlin Robotic Milking System
  • Hyperspectral Imaging by Gamaya
  • Robocrop InRow Weeder
  • Grimme ErgoDrive Control System
  • CEROS Robot Sprayer
  • Aramis II Feed Robot
  • Phenomobile, Self-Driving Mobile Phenotyping Device Developed in Conjunction with INRA, Arvalis, Meca 3D, and Effidence
  • Astrea 20.20 Two-Box Milking Robot
  • S55 Spray Robot
  • Hortau’s WEB-TX4 Field Monitoring Station
  • Rombomatic Steps - Clipping, Treating with Rooting Powders, Planting
  • Iron Ox Robotic Greenhouse
  • ISEKI GRF800-U Fully Automated Grafting Robot
  • L’Avion Jaune YellowScan
  • Logiqs Automatic Transport Vehicle
  • Maf Roda Globalscan Grader
  • Mavrx Scout
  • Mirai Plant Factory Room
  • Motorleaf Overview (Hardware and Software)
  • Oz Weeding Robot
  • Cloud-Based OnFarm Farm Management System
  • Pix4D Software Used in Dole’s Pineapple Farm
  • PrecisionHawk Four Steps to Information Delivery, Streamlining Data Collection to Analytics
  • Precision Makers Greenbot
  • Priva Group Kompano Deleaf-line Robot
  • Raussendorf Robot CÄSAR
  • Raven Industries Slingshot Field Hub
  • RoboticsPlus Multipurpose Orchard Robot
  • Robotnik Automation VINBOT
  • Rogue Rovers FarmDogg
  • SAC RDS Futureline MAX
  • senseFly eBee SQ Advanced Agricultural Drone
  • DJI Agras MG-1 Octocopter
  • SlantRange SL2i and SL2p Multispectral Sensors
  • ViSort Vision Software System
  • SPREAD’s Kameoka Plant
  • Automatic Tomato Harvesting Robot
  • SwarmFarm SwarmBot
  • TerrAvion OverView Software Service
  • Triomatic Feeding Robot
  • TTA Midi Curve Automatic Transplanters
  • Urban Crops FarmFlex Container
  • VR Lettuce Thinner
  • Solar Powered VITIROVER Vineyard Robot
  • Wall-YE Robot Pruning and in Preparation for Harvesting
  • Prototype Vinerobot
  • Swagbot, Mantis and Shrimp, RIPPA
  • Vision-Based Eco-Friendly Sprayer
  • Sweet-pepper Harvesting Robot, Apple Harvesting Robot, Close Range Precision Spraying Robot
  • Fraunhofer EFFIROB Concept, AgriApps
  • Fujitsu Labs Akisai
  • Intelligent Cutting and Deboning System
  • Unmanned Tractors Running in Orderly Manner, Unmanned Tractor
  • Tomato Picking
  • Irstea Baudet-Rob and AdAP2E Robot Projects
  • NARO's Rice Planting Robot Using Kubota's Rice Planter as Base
  • Kale Yield Scanner
  • QUT AgBot II
  • Various AgroBots under SmartBot Project, Goose Buster
  • Sweet-pepper Harvesting Robot Sweeper
  • Agricultural Robot Market Key Takeaways
Tables
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Application Type, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Shipments by Application Type, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Application Type, North America: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Shipments by Application Type, North America: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Application Type, Europe: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Shipments by Application Type, Europe: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Application Type, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Shipments by Application Type, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Application Type, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Shipments by Application Type, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Revenue by Application Type, Middle East and Africa: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Shipments by Application Type, Middle East and Africa: 2015-2024
  • Agricultural Robot Average Selling Price by Application Type, World Markets: 2015-2024