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Kubota introduces autonomous tractor technology to the field

2020.02.19.

  • Technology fully viable today
  • Up to two tractors can be controlled completely autonomously on the field by only one driver
  • First operations management software for efficient operative planning developed specifically for this purpose

 

Autonomous driving with Kubota tractors is now a reality. Thanks to a number of innovations and their combination with existing technology, farmers can control up to two current Kubota tractors—such as the L or M7001 series—on the field at the same time. Using remote controls, the driver can steer one unmanned tractor on the field and simultaneously monitor another autonomous tractor on the field, while sitting on yet another autonomous tractor. From a distance he can control all the functions in real time via a monitor.

Together with the Japanese company Topcon and the Kansas State University, USA, Kubota has developed an operations management software specifically for autonomous tractor management. This allows you to plan, control, and monitor each operation of the autonomous vehicle very efficiently and send the data to the tractor.

In order to guarantee complete safety, the tractor is fitted with a range of ISO-certified safety features. Sonar and scanner technologies detect obstacles reliably and fully automatically, if necessary. This technological advance allows Kubota to not only meet future challenges due to a shortage of manpower in farming. Autonomous tractors also generate economic and environmental benefits. Personnel costs can be reduced by the simultaneous control of two tractors by one person. Furthermore, a permanently autonomous tractor does not require maximum engine performance because the tractor's working hours can be extended. Lower engine ratings and lighter weight also allow the tractor to operate under more challenging soil conditions. This contributes to sustainable and environmentally friendly farming.