John Deere Reveals Autonomous Tractor Ready for Large Scale Production

John Deere has shown off new cutting edge technology at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), unveiling a fully-autonomous tractor ready for large scale production.

The machine combines the company’s 8R tractor, TruSet-enabled chisel plow, StarFire GPS guidance system, as well as new advanced technologies.

Activated by a smartphone, the machine uses both cameras and sensors to navigate the farmland.

Six pairs of stereo cameras enable 360-degree obstacle detection and the calculation of distance. Images captured are passed through a deep neural network that classifies each pixel in roughly 100 milliseconds and determines if the tractor can continue to move or needs to stop after detecting an obstacle.

The machine also continuously monitors its position relative to a geofence, ensuring it is operated where it is supposed to and is within less than an inch of accuracy.

To use the autonomous tractor, farmers need only to transport the machine to a field and configure it for operation. They can then leave the machine to work and focus on other tasks while monitoring the status on their mobile.

Through the John Deere Operations Centre Mobile, farmers can access live video, images, data and metrics, as well as adjust the speed and depth. Farmers will be notified remotely if any job quality anomalies or machine health issues occur.

“This precise location-sensing technology (already) enabled farmers to place seeds, spread nutrients and harvest their crops without having to touch the steering wheel,” said Jahmy Hindman, Chief Technology Officer at John Deere.

“Without this self-driving technology, farming is incredibly exhausting mentally and physically. GPS technology allows farmers to spend their time in the cab of a tractor looking at the real-time data they are collecting during the job they are doing and making adjustments.”

The autonomous tractor will be available to farmers later this year.


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