Self-driving tractors and robot apple pickers

Looking at the high-tech future of farming

Electric cars and renewable power plants are all the rage within the climate change debate. But in the agri sector, we are currently looking at autonomous tractors, weed-stomping robots and robotic pickers.

The climate argument for ag-bots is simple, said David Zilberman, an agricultural economist at the University of California, Berkeley. Autonomous farm bots are just the latest chapter in a centuries-long turn from underpaid labor to machines.

The sci-fi side of green agricultural tech is easy to see. Prototype robots are tested all over the world.

If you like monster trucks and autonomous vehicles, you’ll love this industrial autonomous tractor concept from CNH Industrial.

This next video’s version of an autonomous tractor is green — literally and figuratively. By running on electric batteries, rather than gas, these machines could become the low-carbon norm.

Finally, this heavy-duty AGROBOT is designed for quite a delicate task: picking strawberries.


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