Redefining Farm Technology with Driverless Tractors
As per a Goldman Sach’s report, the automation in farm technology, including autonomous farm vehicles, could increase farm yields a near 70 percent by 2050. With driverless tractors, Mahindra is set to make a notable contribution to the global yield increase.
The intelligent tractors are primed to address increasing demands, unsatisfying productivity, and labour shortage. The tractors will bring maximum benefits to small farmers and save costs on spraying, planting and harvesting.
AutonomousTractors promise power-packed features:
- Auto steer feature enables the tractor to navigate in a straight line
- Auto-headland turn allows the tractor’s navigation along adjacent rows without any interruption
- Auto implement lift allows the tractor to lift the work tool from the ground
- Skip passing lets the tractor move towards the next row without driver intervention
Besides operational efficiency, driverless tractors enable tractor safety with a Geofence lock, control via tablet user interface, and obstacle avoidance.
The autonomous technology was developed in Chennai at the Mahindra Research Valley. The tractors will be commercially launched in three phases by next year. Initially, Mahindra will introduce automation-assisted tractors followed by quasi-driverless tractors. And finally, the driverless tractors will be unveiled. The tractors will be launched in the 20 HP to 100 HP segment.
This technology is slated to commence in Maharashtra, India. Moreover, it is planned to position this concept on global platforms across USA and Japan.
Overall, the technology is upgraded to invite farmers to access digitally advanced farming poised to achieve a promising outcome.
Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) said, “Our tractor R&D has always been at the forefront of pioneering cutting-edge solutions. Today’s display of the driverless tractor is another proud moment for us, as it opens up new possibilities in farming. We are happy to dedicate this innovative mechanization for the global farming community in line with our Farming 3.0 proposition”.
Farming 3.0 is a promise to deliver farm tech prosperity with increased professionalism, regard for the environment, and increase in the quality of farm yields.
How do you see global farming changing with this autonomous technology?