There are many advantages to automating agriculture
An aging crew of farmers. 16% of full-time farmers were 65 years or older in 2016.
Around the world, farmers are an ageing demographic as the sector fails to attract younger talent who are heading instead to cities in search of work.
A way to attract younger people to agriculture can be automation and robotization of agriculture. A development of the role of a farmer is likely to wait, where we go from practical performer to supervisor.
One tractor is more vulnerable to failure than a swarm of robots.
With one tractor, the use of the soil becomes more vulnerable than if a swarm of robots does the same job. When a robot in a swarm breaks or needs service, it can be taken out and the remaining robots perform the robot’s job without the farmer having to intervene in the system itself.
One tractor creates higher ground pressure, thus poorer conditions for germination, compared with a swarm of robots.
Simple math, the pressure from the wheels from one tractor creates more pressure to the soil than a swarm of smaller robots would do.
The result – more efficient harvest from soils used by robots in swarm.
We must reduce the fossil emissions and this is one step in that direction.
Our robots are primarily powered by electricity, but can be supplemented with hybrid systems for the energy supply.
When needed, or when not in use, the robots are charged with energy from solar panels.