Lessons to be learned in adoption of autonomous equipment for field crops
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Autonomous equipment for crop production is on the verge of technical and economic feasibility, but government regulation may slow its adoption. Key regulatory issues include requirements for on-site human supervision, liability for autonomous machine error, and intellectual property in robotic learning. As an example of the impact of regulation on the economic benefits of autonomous crop equipment, analysis from the United Kingdom suggests that requiring 100% on-site human supervision almost wipes out the economic benefits of autonomous crop equipment for small and medium farms and increases the economies-of-scale advantage of larger farms.
|Journal||Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 13 Jul 2021|
- autonomous, economies of scale, farm size, regulation, robot