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Hype or hope? When cars and tractors operate themselves

  • Aug 18, 2015

    New technical committee formed to standardize use of UAVs

    Drones switched from becoming a gee-whiz gadget to a technology that has become part of our ag fabric last week when the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announced it has formed a technical committee to study this emerging technology....More
  • Jun 30, 2015

    Deere leads Google in self-driving race, cites the Robot Report

    While doing some background research for a robotics story I’m working on for our August issue, I came across an article by Frank Tobe that I wanted to share.  Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report, which happens to be a goldmine of information on robotics. His most recent post on 06/27/15 is headlined:  “As Google cars roll out, Deere reminds us of thousands of their self-driving tractors,” in which he makes reference to Google’s sending 25 new self-driving cars onto streets this summer....More
  • Jun 1, 2015

    Hype or hope? When cars and tractors operate themselves

    Whenever I read about autonomous cars and how they are projected to disrupt the auto market by 2025, I’m left to wonder about the benefits of autonomous vehicles. In farm vehicles like tractors, combines, and self-propelled sprayers, I get it. Making them autonomous can reduce labor costs, make farm work easier, make crop input application more accurate, and reduce fuel costs by finding the shortest path and the tractor settings’ sweet spot....More
  • May 5, 2015

    The race to self-driving vehicles

    Lux Research, a company we interviewed at the 2014 Ag Innovation Showcase, released a forecast last week for automation in cars.  In the report, “The $102 Billion Opportunity for Partial Automation for Cars,” Lux research analyst Maryanna Saenko evaluated the pace of automation in cars, and the opportunities it brings to automakers. Among her findings:...More
  • Apr 10, 2014

    Robotic lettuce weeder headed to Midwest crops

    Silicon Valley startup company Blue River Technology, Mountain View, CA, got a lot of press in 2013 when it unveiled a prototype robot that would go through fields of lettuce and ferret out the weakling heads, a process called “thinning.” Well, now it is in the news again. The company recently received $10 million in funding, led by Data Collective Venture Capital, to bring these robots here to the Midwest to weed row crops like corn and soybeans....More
  • Jan 10, 2013

    "Ride" inside the tractor cab to see Kinze's Autonomous Harvest System in action

    Video source: Kinze This fall, Kinze released its new Autonomous Harvest System, and farmers in the Monmouth, Ill. area tested the system out on their cornfields. The system requires no operator for the tractor that follows the combine with a grain cart....More
  • Sep 20, 2012

    Robotic technology makes Kinze’s autonomous system work

    Rhett Schildroth, product manager for Kinze, explains the equipment that is needed to make the autonomous tractor/grain-cart combo work successfully in the field. When the system comes to the market, he anticipates kits will be available for purchase to retrofit different tractors. View more videos of this revolutionary technology here:...More

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