【无人农业进行时:自驾拖拉机问世】

【无人农业进行时:自驾拖拉机问世】在爱荷华州布恩郡举办的农业发展博览会(Farm Progress Show)上,Case IH公司向公众展示了一款自驾拖拉机,这款拖拉机可以胜任从播种、撒药到收割的全部任务,只需进行简单地预编程、以及微调遥控就可以把农活托付给它。

Now even the TRACTOR has gone driverless: Watch autonomous robotractor that could take farmers out of the fields

By MARK PRIGG
It is a glimpse of the future of farming - and without a farmer in sight.
The first autonomous tractor has been revealed at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, and it can do everything from planting and spraying to harvesting.

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It would allow farmers to simply pre-programme the vehicle, then remotely monitor it.
Case IH unveiled an autonomous concept vehicle today at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.
The concept vehicle is a Case IH row crop tractor that can operate autonomously, and the firm behind it says it could help farmers who currently struggle to find staff.
'In many parts of the world, finding skilled labor during peak use seasons is a constant challenge for our customers,' said Case IH Brand President Andreas Klauser.

 

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'While we offer auto-steering and telematics on our equipment today for remote management of farm machinery and employees, this autonomous tractor concept demonstrates how our customers and their employees could remotely monitor and control machines directly.
'This technology will offer our customers greater operational efficiencies for tasks such as tillage, planting, spraying and harvesting.'
AFS Global Product Marketing Manager, Rob Zemenchik explained that autonomous tractor operation brings together the latest in guidance, telemetry, data sharing, and agronomic management to offer farm managers more control, monitoring capabilities and cost savings.
'A farm manager can supervise the activities of multiple machines via a mobile tablet interface while he tends to other tasks or even operates another vehicle,' said Zemenchik.

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'Multiple autonomous tractors can work as one fleet or simultaneously in multiple sub-fleets assigned to separate fields, each assigned with preprogrammed maps and prescriptions.
'So you could have one tractor pulling a chisel plow followed closely by another one operating a planter.
'The opportunities for efficiency are substantial.'
Although the autonomous vehicle is presently considered only as a concept tractor, Zemenchik said the technology could function just as well in a standard cabbed tractor where it could use real-time weather and satellite data to optimally apply crop inputs such as nitrogen, herbicides, or fungicides.
'These enhancements really become interesting for our customers when weather comes into play,' said Zemenchik.
'Because if it starts to rain in one field, the tractor will automatically stop what it's doing and head over to another field that is dry to work on that provided it can access that field via private roads.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3765853/Now-TRACTOR-gone-driverless-Watch-autonomous-robotractor-farmers-fields.html

 


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