|That is a very interesting article. I had an investment a few years ago in a company that developed driverless tractors. The concept was good but it never really scaled. All the driverless software is controlled by the manufacturer (ie Deere) in a closed system and the company I invested in was using an 'open' platform.|
Farmers still have to pay Deere on every software update. They do have some very sophisticated systems that help the farmer monitor what/where they plant in their field, apply fertilizer based on soil type/seed variety, measure/track yield during harvest and many other integrated devices (use of drones and satellite) field data.
This data is now being shared w/ farmers and it is just a matter of time before these systems become more 'open' and smart. There is even a Farm COOP (I track on Youtube in MN)) that is helping their members buy seed directly from the manufacturer and through their consortium may/could help expand/integrate these needed farm services (as a group). There is lots of farm data generated that can be fed into AI programs.
Therefore at some point this 'closed' software system that Deere controls, must open up and that will scale.
Still in the early stages of development, similar to where the PC was in the 90's.
This is true for many sectors but mining and AG seem to be the early adopters.