John Deere's Autonomous Tractor & CES 2023 Innovation Award

 John Deere's Smart Autonomous Tractor






                                                                Source:  John Deere

Highly Advanced Robot 

Illinois-based farm, lawn and construction equipment company John Deere has won a Best in Innovation award in the "Vehicle Tech and Advanced Mobility" category at CES 2023 for its fully autonomous farm tractor.  The tractor is a highly advanced robot that can be managed from a smartphone.  For the farming industry, the autonomous vehicle has the potential of being a significant time saver and provider of enhanced productivity.   The farmer has a choice with this new leap in agricultural technology:  they can drive it or let it operate on its own.

Highly Advanced Robotics

The tractor is a highly advanced, state-of-the-art robot.  It operates without any operator in the cab by using GPS guidance, stereo cameras, artificial intelligence and sensors to perform farm tasks. Details on the new autonomous technologies include:

  • 360-degree cameras with 360-degree vision to see objects in the field and triangulate distance
  • High speed processor that evaluates every pixel of every image
  • Neural network of AI that evaluates the images and determines if the area is safe to drive over in 100 milliseconds.

The vehicle frees up the farmer to perform priority tasks while the autonomous tractor accomplishes what the farmer doesn't have the time or the labor to do.  John Deere says it is making big investments in automation and autonomy to support a next generation suite of new equipment for its farming and other customers. 

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