Agriculture Most Likely to be Biggest Technology Market

Agriculture Most Likely to be Biggest Technology Market
This is the image for the news article titled Agriculture Most Likely to be Biggest Technology MarketThe near-collision between a drone and a commercial jet over Florida has renewed concerns over air safety once unmanned aircraft gain regulatory approval for commercial use. Market-watchers say agriculture will likely be one of the biggest initial markets for the technology as farmers plan to use drones to monitor crops and spray pesticides. Still, ground robotics in agriculture will account for a much larger portion of automation in the agriculture industry in the near term, according to the May issue of Mission Critical, a publication from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Ground robots are used for milking cows, planting, weeding, fertilizing, monitoring and harvesting crops. The International Federation of Robotics estimates that 24,500 robots for milking cows will be sold between 2013 and 2016. That makes robots used in the field second-largest in sales after commercial service robots sold for defense purposes. In 2012, sales of field robots amounted to $847 million, about one quarter of sales of professional service robots.

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