Agricultural robotics for field operations

Spyros Fountas*, Nikos Mylonas, Ioannis Malounas, Efthymios Rodias, Christoph Hellmann Santos, Erik Pekkeriet

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Modern agriculture is related to a revolution that occurred in a large group of technologies (e.g., informatics, sensors, navigation) within the last decades. In crop production systems, there are field operations that are quite labour-intensive either due to their complexity or because of the fact that they are connected to sensitive plants/edible product interaction, or because of the repetitiveness they require throughout a crop production cycle. These are the key factors for the development of agricultural robots. In this paper, a systematic review of the literature has been conducted on research and commercial agricultural robotics used in crop field operations. This study underlined that the most explored robotic systems were related to harvesting and weeding, while the less studied were the disease detection and seeding robots. The optimization and further development of agricultural robotics are vital, and should be evolved by producing faster processing algorithms, better communication between the robotic platforms and the implements, and advanced sensing systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2672
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020


  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Crops
  • Execution
  • Field operations
  • Perception


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