Robotic Volvo does not trample on plants
VOLVO Trucks has developed a new self-steering truck that could become a significant productivity booster for Brazilian sugar-cane growers.
Like the giant Komatsu robot trucks operating without drivers on mines in Australia and Chile, as well as John Deere tractors and harvesters, Volvo’s truck steers with great precision through the fields, causing less damage to the young plants that will form the following year’s crop. At present, about four percent of the crop is lost as young plants are run over and the soil is compacted by moving vehicles. This translates into thousands in lost revenue per truck per season.
Brazil’s Usina Santa Terezinha Group, which tested the prototype Volvo truck in the company’s huge fields, said the potential for bigger harvests is significant — up to 10 tons per hectare per year. “With the help of Volvo Trucks’ solution we can increase productivity, not just for one single crop but for the entire lifecycle of the sugar-cane plant, which lasts five to six years,” said Santa Terezinha’s finance and procurement director Paulo Meneguetti.
Volvo is also testing a robot truck for underground mining operations in the Kristineberg Mine in northern Sweden.
A self-driving Volvo truck steers with precision through a sugar cane field.