John Deere have announced an autonomous 8R Tractor for large-scale production, saying the 8R tractor with a TruSet™-enabled chisel plow, StarFire™ GPS guidance system, and new advanced technologies will help farmers grow more for a growing planet.
The John Deere autonomous tractor has six pairs of stereo cameras, which enables 360-degree obstacle detection and the calculation of distance. Images captured by the cameras are passed through a deep neural network that classifies each pixel in approximately 100 milliseconds and determines if the machine continues to move or stops, depending on if an obstacle is detected. John Deere’s autonomous tractor is also continuously checking its position relative to a geofence, ensuring it is operating where it is supposed to, and is within less than an inch of accuracy.
Hear from one of the farmers involved in the development and testing of the tractor
To use the John Deere autonomous tractor, a farmer only needs to transport the machine to a field and configure it for autonomous operation. Using John Deere Operations Center Mobile, he or she can swipe from left to right to start the machine. While the machine is working the farmer can leave the field to focus on other tasks, while monitoring the machine’s status from their mobile device. Our autonomous tractor serves a specific purpose: feeding the world.
See the full product announcement from John Deere.
John Deere Operations Center Mobile provides access to live video, images, data and metrics, and allows a farmer to adjust speed, depth and more. In the event of any job quality anomalies or machine health issues, farmers will be notified remotely and can make adjustments to optimize the performance of the machine.