Global Agricultural Robots Market Outlook, 2020-2025 - Maturing IoT & Navigation Technologies are Driving Down Cost of Automation

Dublin, Jan. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Agricultural Robots Market by Offering, Type (UAVs, Milking Robots, Driverless Tractors, Automated Harvesting Systems), Farming Environment, Farm Produce, Application (Harvest Management, Field Farming), Geography - Global Forecast to 2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The global agricultural robots market is estimated to reach USD 20.6 billion by 2025 from USD 5 billion in 2019; growing at a CAGR of 22.8% from 2020 to 2025. In terms of volume, the shipment is expected to reach 561,849 units by 2025 from 127,298 units in 2019; growing at a CAGR of 23.3% during the forecast period.

A shortage of new farmers, as indicated by the rising average age of farmers is driving the further use of automated agricultural equipment as well as the development of new agricultural robots. Development is taking place in all aspects of agriculture, such as imaging, navigation, planting, weeding, and harvesting.

Large farms are also collaborating with companies developing agricultural technology to drive down costs and to maintain their cost advantage in the market. Increasing the requirement for food globally will also require increasing productivity, which can only be achieved through robotic automation.

UAVs are expected to maintain its market dominance during the forecast period

UAVs are expected to maintain the largest share of the market compared to other agricultural robots. Drones are the most inexpensive agricultural robots and can be deployed in all farms regarding their size. Different variants of drones are available for different tasks.

Fixed-wing drones, offered by companies such as AgEagle Aerial Systems (US) are suitable for crop and livestock imaging. Rotary blade drones, such as those offered by DJI (China) have a more stable flight and can be used for precision spraying applications. Most drone manufacturers also offer specialized software for farmers to gain actionable insights from captured data.

Hardware components are expected to have the largest share of the market

Hardware components, consisting of automation & control Systems and sensing & monitoring devices will continue to have the largest share of the market compared to either software or services. As agricultural robots are highly specialized in their design, they require specialized mechanical components and sensors to operate. These add a significant cost to the price of a robot.

A strawberry picking robot cannot be programmed to be used for kiwi harvesting. Hardware systems are paramount to productivity, through faster working speed and reduced operational errors. Increased use of sensors and navigation modules in agricultural robots also contribute to the large market share of hardware.

The market in the US is expected to have the largest share of the market

Large farms and focus on agricultural productivity is one of the primary reason for the US having the largest market share when compared to other regions. With increasing restrictions on immigration and shortage of farm labor, large farms are investing in companies that develop agricultural robots. HARVEST CROO (US) is one such company and is mainly funded by large strawberry farm operators. Robotic harvesting vehicles are also being tested in Florida and California to harvest other fruits such as apples and grapes to automate labor-intensive tasks. Countries such as Canada, Mexico, and Brazil are also adopting various agricultural robots. Hence, North America is expected to have the highest share of the market.

Key Topics Covered

1 Introduction

2 Research Methodology

3 Executive Summary

4 Premium Insights
4.1 Attractive Opportunities in Agricultural Robots Market
4.2 Agricultural Robots Market, By Type
4.3 Agricultural Robots Market, By Offering
4.4 Agricultural Robots Market, By Farm Produce
4.5 Agricultural Robots Market in APAC, By Industry and By Country
4.6 Agricultural Robots Market, By Country

5 Market Overview
5.1 Market Evolution
5.2 Market Dynamics
5.2.1 Drivers
5.2.1.1 Growing Population and Increasing Labor Shortage Encouraging Automation
5.2.1.2 Maturing IoT and Navigation Technologies are Driving Down Cost of Automation
5.2.2 Restraints
5.2.2.1 High Cost of Automation for Small Farms (10-1,000 Acres)
5.2.2.2 Technological Barriers Pertaining to Fully Autonomous Robots
5.2.3 Opportunities
5.2.3.1 Untapped Scope and Market Potential for Automation in Agriculture
5.2.3.2 Use of Real-Time Multimodal Robot Systems in Field
5.2.4 Challenges
5.2.4.1 Concerns Over Data Privacy and Regulations
5.2.4.2 High Cost and Complexity of Fully Autonomous Robots

6 Industry Trends
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Value Chain Analysis
6.2.1 Major Players in Agricultural Robots Market
6.2.1.1 Robot OEMs
6.2.1.2 Suppliers
6.2.1.3 IT/Big Data Companies
6.2.1.4 Software Solution Providers
6.2.1.5 Startups
6.2.1.6 Research Centers
6.3 Technology Roadmap
6.4 Pestle Analysis
6.4.1 Political Factors
6.4.2 Economic Factors
6.4.3 Social Factors
6.4.4 Technological Factors
6.4.4.1 Agricultural IoT
6.4.4.2 AI in Agriculture
6.4.5 Legal Factors
6.4.6 Environmental Factors

7 Agricultural Robots Market, By Offering
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Hardware
7.2.1 Automation & Control Systems
7.2.1.1 Displays
7.2.1.1.1 Farmers Can View Location, Fuel, and Steering Angle of Tractors Through Displays
7.2.1.2 Guidance & Steering
7.2.1.2.1 Many Tractors That Operate in Large Fields Utilize Automated Steering Or Auto-Steering
7.2.1.3 GPS/GNSS Systems
7.2.1.3.1 GPS/GNSS Systems are Used in Tractors and Autonomous Vehicles at Farms
7.2.1.4 Cameras
7.2.1.4.1 Spectral Imaging Allows Extraction of Information That Human Eyes Fail to Capture
7.2.1.4.2 Accumulation of Pests and Changes in Plant Color Appear in Infrared Frequencies Long Before They are Seen in Visible Spectrum
7.2.1.4.3 Thermal Cameras Can Identify Stress Caused in Crops Due to Improper Water Supply
7.2.1.4.4 Main Benefit of Lidar Cameras in Agriculture is 3D Mapping of Ground Elevation
7.2.1.4.5 High-Resolution Cameras Capture Detailed and Colored Photographs of Crops That Help in Studying Plant Health
7.2.1.5 Mobile Devices/Handheld Computers
7.2.1.5.1 Handheld Displays are Used to Guide Operators By Providing Real-Time Information on Various Inputs Such as Fertilizers, Pesticides, and Seeding
7.2.1.6 Flow & Application Control Devices
7.2.1.6.1 Flow & Application Control Devices Operate on Variable Rate Technology (VRT)
7.2.1.7 Others
7.2.2 Sensing & Monitoring Devices
7.2.2.1 Yield Monitors
7.2.2.1.1 Yield Monitoring Systems Can Detect Weed Levels in Crops
7.2.2.2 Soil Sensors
7.2.2.2.1 Electrochemical Sensors are Used to Measure Soil Nutrient Levels and Ph Concentrations
7.2.2.2.2 Moisture Sensors are Used to Manage Irrigation Systems Optimally
7.2.2.2.3 Thermistors, Thermocouples, Thermocouple Wires, and Averaging Thermocouples are Standard Soil Temperature Sensors
7.2.2.3 Water Sensors
7.2.2.3.1 Flow Sensors are Used for Water Sensing and Detecting Flow
7.2.2.4 Climate Sensors
7.2.2.4.1 Climate Sensors are Mostly Used for Indoor Applications in Greenhouses and Vertical Farms
7.2.2.5 Others
7.2.3 Software
7.2.3.1 Local/Web-Based Software
7.2.3.1.1 Web-Based Software are Popular Because They are Easy to Maintain and Update
7.2.3.2 Cloud-Based Software
7.2.3.2.1 Advantages Offered By Cloud-Based Farm Management Solutions Include Optimized Performance and Ease of Access
7.3 Services
7.3.1 System Integration & Consulting
7.3.1.1 System Integrators are Involved in Troubleshooting and Diagnosing Farm Management Solutions
7.3.2 Managed Services
7.3.2.1 Farm Operation Services
7.3.2.1.1 Farm Operation Services Help Generate Records and Integrate Unstructured Data
7.3.2.2 Data Services
7.3.2.2.1 Data Services Provide A Common Platform and Integrate Demand and Supply Side Participants
7.3.2.3 Analytics Services
7.3.2.3.1 Analytics Services Help Analyze Acquired Farm Data and Provide Real-Time Information
7.3.3 Connectivity Services
7.3.3.1 Connectivity Service Providers Provide Proper Connectivity Between Device Domain and End User Through Network Channel
7.3.4 Assisted Professional Services
7.3.4.1 Supply Chain Management Services
7.3.4.1.1 Service Providers Can Help Optimize Agricultural Supply Chain Facilities and Transportation
7.3.4.2 Climate Information Services
7.3.4.2.1 Climate Information Service Providers Keep Farmers Updated About Weather Condition
7.3.4.3 Others
7.3.5 Maintenance & Support Services
7.3.5.1 Maintenance & Support Services Include Troubleshooting Problems Related to Farming Software Solutions

8 Agricultural Robots Market, By Type
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)/Drones
8.2.1 Fixed-Wing Drones
8.2.1.1 Advantages of Fixed-Wing Drones Include Maximum Flying Time, Long Distance Coverage, and High Speed
8.2.2 Rotary Blade Drones
8.2.2.1 Rotary Blade Drones are Comparatively Smaller in Size and Cheaper Than Fixed-Wing Drones

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