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Autonomous Tractors Market Size - By Technology (GPS Guidance, Sensor-based, Remote Control), Automation (Fully Autonomous, Semi-autonomous), Application (Tillage, Harvesting, Planting & Seeding, Others), Reginal Analysis & Global Forecast, 2023 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI6657
  • Published Date: Sep 2023
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Autonomous Tractors Market Size

Autonomous Tractors Market size was valued at USD 1.5 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 18% between 2023 and 2032. Autonomous tractors significantly boost farming efficiency and productivity. They operate continuously, regardless of daylight hours or human work shifts, ensuring that tasks are completed on time. This results in faster planting, harvesting, and field maintenance, which can be crucial during the critical stages of crop growth. As a result, farmers can manage larger land areas with fewer resources and manpower, ultimately leading to increased agricultural output & improved farm management.

Autonomous Tractors Market

Autonomous tractors contribute to more sustainable farming practices. Their precision in applying resources, such as fertilizers, pesticides & irrigation, reduces waste and minimizes the environmental impact of agriculture. By optimizing resource use, autonomous tractors conserve water, reduce chemical runoff into ecosystems, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. This eco-friendly approach aligns with the global push for sustainable agriculture, making autonomous tractors a vital component in reducing the environmental footprint of farming operations while maintaining productivity.

High initial investments in autonomous tractors can act as a barrier to widespread adoption. The cost of purchasing and implementing autonomous technology including the necessary sensors, software, and infrastructure can be substantial for many farmers, particularly for small & medium-sized operations. This financial hurdle may deter some from entering the autonomous tractors market, limiting its growth. However, as technology matures and economies of scale come into play, the initial costs are expected to decrease, potentially mitigating this hindrance over time.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had mixed effects on the autonomous tractors market. While it disrupted supply chains and delayed some technological advancements, it also highlighted the need for automation in agriculture to address labor shortages caused by lockdowns and travel restrictions. This increased awareness and interest in autonomous solutions. Additionally, governments in some regions offered support to farmers to invest in automation, potentially accelerating the adoption of autonomous tractors.

Autonomous Tractors Market Trends

Collaboration between agricultural machinery manufacturers and technology companies fosters the integration of advanced sensors, AI & data analytics, elevating tractor capabilities. Such partnerships accelerate innovation, reduce development costs, and broaden market access. For instance, in March 2023, John Deere acquired SparkAI, a New York startup specializing in human-in-the-loop technology. This technology aids robots in real-time decision-making for handling complex scenarios.

Autonomous Tractors Market Analysis

Autonomous Tractor Market Size, By Technology,

The autonomous tractors market from sensor-based segment dominated around USD 700 million revenue in 2022, due to rising autonomy kit deployments. These kits, which often include advanced sensors such as LiDAR, radar & cameras, enable traditional tractors to become autonomous. For instance, in March 2023, Ouster, Inc., a prominent supplier of high-performance LiDAR sensors, and Fieldin, a leading AgTech firm specializing in smart farming solutions & autonomous technology, jointly revealed the most extensive retrofit autonomy kit deployment ever seen in the agricultural sector. Consequently, the synergy between autonomy kits and sensors propels the advancement of autonomous tractor technology.

Global Autonomous Tractor Market Share, By Autonomy

The semi-autonomous segment held over 67.10% of the autonomous tractor market share in 2022. The detection of obstacles based on both geometric and non-geometric properties is a significant factor driving semi-autonomous automation in the market. By combining geometric data from sensors such as LiDAR & radar with non-geometric data from cameras and AI algorithms, tractors can accurately perceive and respond to their surroundings. This advanced obstacle detection capability enhances safety and allows tractors to navigate complex & dynamic environments, thus increasing their autonomy and usability, which in turn, boosts product adoption and effectiveness in various agricultural applications.

U.S. Autonomous Tractor Market Size,

North America autonomous tractors market accounted for 25% of revenue share in 2022 and will cross USD 2 billion in 2032. Exclusive research and development initiatives, coupled with innovative technology, are propelling the market demand. Leading manufacturers in the region invest heavily in research & development to develop cutting-edge autonomous systems. Advanced technologies, such as AI-driven precision farming, sensor fusion, and real-time data analytics, are also integrated into these tractors. This commitment to innovation enhances tractor capabilities, improves productivity, and addresses labor challenges, reinforcing North America's position as a hub for autonomous tractor adoption & development.

Autonomous Tractors Market Share

Major companies operating in the autonomous tractors market are :

  • Scania
  • Daimler Cars
  • TuSimple, Inc.
  • Hino Carss
  • Waymo (Alphabet Inc.)
  • Tesla
  • AB Volvo
  • PACCAR Inc.
  • Navistar, Inc.
  • Embark Carss, Inc.
  • PlusAI, Inc.
  • Kodiak Robotics

Autonomous Tractors Industry News

  • In August 2023, New Holland Agriculture launched the T4 Electric Power, an all-electric utility tractor equipped with autonomous capabilities. This launch introduces a fresh category in the market known as "Utility Electric," specifically designed to provide more efficient solutions for field operations.
  • In December 2022, Monarch Tractor, a company located east of Silicon Valley, manufactured autonomous electric tractors by harnessing Nvidia's artificial intelligence platform. The initial deliveries were scheduled for December 2022 to farms and vineyards in California. Monarch's primary product, the MK-V smart tractor, features Nvidia's Jetson edge AI platform to perform farming tasks autonomously, eliminating the need for human drivers.

This autonomous tractors market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Million) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Technology

  • GPS Guidance
  • Sensor Based
  • Remote Control

Market, By Automation

  • Fully Autonomous
  • Semi-Autonomous

Market, By Application

  • Tillage
  • Harvesting
  • Planting and Seeding
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of autonomous tractors reached USD 1.5 billion in 2022 and is set to witness 18% CAGR between 2023 and 2032, owing to the increasing subsidies & government initiatives for the adoption of autonomous agricultural machinery.

The sensor-based segment held was valued at over USD 700 million in 2022, backed by the deployment of autonomy kits in autonomous tractors.

North America market share was over 25% in 2022 and will be valued at over USD 2 billion by 2032, on account of exclusive R&D initiatives, coupled with innovative technology.

Scania, Daimler Cars, TuSimple, Inc., Hino Carss, Waymo (Alphabet Inc.), Tesla, AB Volvo, PACCAR Inc., Navistar, Inc., Embark Carss, Inc., PlusAI, Inc., and Kodiak Robotics.

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