Lessons to be learned in adoption of autonomous equipment for field crops

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  • James Lowenberg-DeBoer
  • Karl Behrendt
  • Melf-Hinrich Ehlers
  • Carl Dillon
  • Andreas Gabriel
  • Iona Yuelu Huang
  • Ian Kumwenda
  • Tyler Mark
  • Andreas Meyer-Aurich
  • Gabor Milics
  • Kehinde Oluseyi Olagunju
  • Pedersen, Søren Marcus
  • Jordan Shockley
  • David Rose

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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
Number of pages17
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Jul 2021

    Research areas

  • autonomous, economies of scale, farm size, regulation, robot

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