1180: Robotics

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Year of Publication2010

Developments in engineering and computers will make a huge impact on agriculture. Complex robots are already on the market and more are set to follow. Driverless machines fitted with GPS and machine vision are a technical reality and legal issues appear to be the greatest obstacle to their commercialisation. Harvesting fruit is a particular challenge - locating it and handling it without bruising is difficult but a prototype strawberry harvester exists. Sensing and communication technologies are creating a revolution in the information that is being made available to farmers to improve their decision making.

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