Case IH driver­less trac­tor New Hol­land driver­less trac­tor

This Case IH con­cept trac­tor is both driver­less and cab-less

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Contents -

Case IH has re­vealed a driver­less con­cept ve­hi­cle which can op­er­ate au­tonomously with a wide range of field im­ple­ments. Shown at the re­cent Farm Progress Show in Iowa, US, the cur­rently un­named cab-less row-crop trac­tor is de­signed to solve what Case IH brand pres­i­dent An­dreas Klauser de­scribes as a short­age of ex­pe­ri­enced trac­tor driv­ers.

“While we of­fer auto-steer­ing and telem­at­ics on our cur­rent range of trac­tors, this au­ton­o­mous trac­tor con­cept demon­strates how our cus­tomers and their em­ploy­ees can re­motely mon­i­tor and con­trol ma­chines di­rectly,” Klauser says. “It is very ex­cit­ing for us to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties that this tech­nol­ogy can pro­vide.

“We look for­ward to the feed­back re­gard­ing this con­cept and ex­plor­ing how this can help farm­ers and con­trac­tors to achieve a new level of ef­fi­ciency.”

Case IH based the cab-less au­ton­o­mous con­cept on an ex­ist­ing Case IH Mag­num trac­tor and reimag­ined the styling. Its on-board com­puter sys­tem au­to­mat­i­cally ac­counts for im­ple­ment widths and plots the most ef­fi­cient paths de­pend­ing on the ter­rain, ob­struc­tions and other ma­chines in use in the same field.

The re­mote op­er­a­tor can su­per­vise and ad­just path­ways via a desk­top com­puter or por­ta­ble tablet. The trac­tor can sense sta­tion­ary or mov­ing ob­sta­cles in its path and will stop on its own un­til the op­er­a­tor, no­ti­fied by au­dio and visual alerts, as­signs a new path.

Ma­chine tasks can also be mod­i­fied in real time via re­mote in­ter­face or au­to­matic weather warn­ings. CNH In­dus­trial col­lab­o­rated with its long-stand­ing tech­nol­ogy provider Au­ton­o­mous So­lu­tions In­cor­po­rated (ASI) in the de­vel­op­ment of this trac­tor.

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