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Autonomous solutions in agriculture

  • Magazine Article
  • 16OFHP10_02
Published 2016-10-01 by SAE International in United States
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  • English

Deere advances autonomous driving and machine system automation to increase productivity and convenience in farm production.

Advances in vehicle electronics and satellite navigation technologies have resulted in automatic guidance systems in agriculture that enable increased productivity and convenience. Systems such as John Deere's AutoTrac provide closed-loop control of a vehicle to a straight line or curved path via steering control. Electrohydraulic controllers provide steer-by-wire integration with the vehicle. Key components of these systems include a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver, a method of steering actuation and a user interface.

Automatic guidance systems increase productivity through accurate operation at higher speeds for most tasks, and by providing the ability to perform night operations. Other benefits of these systems include reducing the skill level needed and the human fatigue experienced in operating the machine.