Giant agricultural machinery, John Deere, wants to be the first to market a 100% autonomous tractor. The goal is to make farming more efficient, the company says. Launch expected John Deere 8R car until the end of 2022.
According to Jorge Hero, VP of Automation and Autonomy at John Deere, the company machine learning system development to guarantee the autonomy of the tractor regardless of the situation. “We collected thousands of images from different farms, in different weather and lighting conditions. Through machine learning, the tractor will understand and respond appropriately, allowing the farmer to control [o trator] remotely doing something else.
The company’s plans for agricultural automation are ambitious. In addition to the autonomous tractor, satellite communications research (SATCOM) to manage the whole fleet of intellectual equipment, are also being developed. The goal is to provide a real-time link to the John Deere operations center and expand the actions farmers take when driving their machines.
John Deere 8R Autonomous Tractor
The John Deere 8R autonomous tractor was first introduced at the beginning of the year at CES 2022. The vehicle is ready to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it only needs to stop to fill up.
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The tractor has six pairs of cameras for 360º object recognition. The local AI system sorts the pixels after about 100ms and determines if the car is still moving. In addition, GPS technology provides John Deere 8R geolocation and ensures vehicle routes are accurate. All Tractor operation can be controlled using smartphone applications. The farmer receives data and metrics updated in real time, allowing the machines to be adjusted in case of any problems.
John Deere is not the only company developing an autonomous tractor, more than 10 companies are working on similar solutions. However, it looks like the agricultural giant should be one of the pioneers in the autonomous agricultural machinery sector.
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