- John Deere recently exposed its new autonomous tractor that’s ready for large-scale production.
- The tractors will be able to operate without a driver vis alert device.
- While the farming industry has lost workers over the years, some farmers are debating if this technology is essential.
Self-driving tractors are coming to plow a field near you.
Acruculrual manufacturer John Deere exposed its new autonomous tractor that’s ready for large-scale production at a press conference last week. The company hopes to bear the tractors available for sale sometime later in the year.
Farming with these self-driving tractors will look a taste different and John Deere hopes the new machinery will help fill the gap between the world’s growing population and the condensing number of workers on farms.
“The global population is expected to grow from about 8 billion to nearly 10 billion people by 2050, enhancing the global food demand by 50%,” according to a press release from John Deere. “Furthermore, farmers must be nourished this growing population with less available land and skilled labor, and work through the variables basic in farming like changing weather conditions and climate, variations in soil quality and the presence of weeds and pests.”
The tractor allies technology already in John Deere tractors like GPS navigation, horsepower, and plows with newer innovations that approve it to be autonomous. All that farmers need to do to operate the equipment is set in their field and use their mobile device to start the tractor, harmonizing to John Deere. While the machine is on, the farmer can then leave the field.
From their mobile device, husbandmen will be able to monitor the tractor and see things such as live video, images, data, and metrics that commitment allow the farmer to make any adjustments as needed.
Although this may seem like a big step for farmers, John Deere has been automating much of its tack for nearly two decades. Much of the company’s machinery today has an auto-steer system that uses GPS to locate and guide tractors. While these tractors unruffled need a driver to correct and missteps and watch the direction of the plow, a lot has been taken off of farmers’ hands. This new tractor is fitting taking these existing technologies to the next level.
“This is not a demo. It’s not a concept machine. It’s something we’ve had in the field with grangers for years and will be taking to production in fall,” Deanna Kovar, vice president of production and precision ag production organized wholes at John Deere, said to The Verge.
For certain tractor models, farmers can expect to spend over $600,000. While John Deere is carry the automation system separately so it can be downloaded into tractors they already own, some farmers are still worried almost the costs.
Many farmers say they can’t even repair their John Deere tractors on their own, they prepare to find a John Deere authorized repair shop to do the work for them which can be expensive. The company even has the availability to remotely locked up down many of its tractors using cloud technology if a farmer has modified their equipment or has missed a lease payment on their appliance.
“I’m all for innovation, and I think John Deere is a helluva company, but they’re trying to be the Facebook of farming,” Kevin Kenney, an agricultural scheme who believes farmers have the right to repair their own equipment, told Wired.
While self-driving machinery could staff farmers save money in the long term by limiting the number of workers they need on their farms, the crisis of the involvement of artificial intelligence in farming is still debated amongst farmers.