27 January, 2022
Autonomous tractors to hit assembly line
John Deere has announced its first autonomous tractor for large-scale production, with the machine on course to be available to farmers in the US as early as this year.
Here in Australia the wait will be longer, with the roll-out to begin over the next few years.
The tractor combines John Deere’s popular 8R Tractor, TruSet-enabled chisel plough, and GPS guidance system to deliver a product that John Deere claims will be ideally suited to meet the demands of broadacre cropping in Australia, with unprecedented efficiency.
John Deere Australia/New Zealand Production Systems Manager, Ben Kelly, emphasised the transformative nature of the technology to farming operations.
“Globally, Australian farmers have always led in the adoption of AgTech, and as they continue to be faced with limited availability of skilled labour, access to autonomous machinery for large-scale production has never been so important,” Mr Kelly said.
“With this new tractor, it is as simple as transporting the machine to a field and configuring it for autonomous operation.
“Then, using John Deere Operations Center, farmers can swipe from left to right to start the machine and can leave the field to focus on other tasks, while monitoring its status from their mobile device.”