FIRA 2020's E-Book: Agricultural Robotics, part of the new deal?
Throughout the fifth edition of the FIRA in December 2020, more than 1,500 farmers, manufacturers, advanced technology suppliers, innovators, investors, journalists and experts from 71 countries around the world gathered to ask questions, share stories and exchange ideas. There was much to discuss.
This book is a journey into an era of farming that is defined by agricultural robots. It is designed to provide a nuanced look at the industry’s most pressing topics, from the overarching impact of the global food crisis to the everyday influence of semi-autonomous tractors on a family-owned farm in Le Thillay, France. The book reveals the big picture by diving into the details. It achieves this goal by taking a deep dive into the perspectives shared by FIRA 2020 presenters and panelists.
Table of Contents
1. Agricultural Robots Help Farmers Feed the World
Farm Machinery Must Support Sustainable Agriculture
The Impacts of the Global Food Crisis
Holistic Solutions are the Product of Innovation and Education
Global Problems Require a Collaborative Approach
The Path to Adoption for Agricultural Robotics
Advancing Technology Suppliers Can Support Adoption
Agricultural Robots Benefit Farmers and the World
2. Successful Robot Adoption Depends on Reliability
Security and Trust
The Ag Industry Already Loves Technology
Robot Bashing is an Opportunity
Farmers, End Consumers Have High Expectations
Robots Must Be Reliable, Valuable and User-Friendly
Tech Companies Must Build Trust Through Responsible Practices and Customer Support 19
There’s a Lot of Potential and a Lot More Work to Do
3. Farming with No Tractor Driver, is it Possible?
Civil Liability, Time Machines and the Case for Insurance
Safety, Security and the Journey to Market
It's Possible if Farmers Can Rely on the Machines
It’s Possible if Robot Manufacturers Can Deliver Proper Training
It's Possible if the Technology is Robust
It’s Possible if the Driverless Tractors Demonstrate Success
4. Safe Positioning and Image Analysis
The Importance of Accurate Safe Positioning
The Importance of Signal Reliability
The Importance of Deep Learning
The Importance of Improving Computer Vision
The Importance of Continual Improvement
5. From Lab to Success Story: What Business Model?
The Key Technology Trends in Agricultural Robotics
What Makes a Successful Robotics Development and Business Model?
Startups and Investors: How to Partner Effectively