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When Case IH unveiled its Autonomous Concept Tractor in the summer of 2016, gauging farmer interest was at the center of the project. Since then, companies have been talking to customers around the world to study how this technology can be implemented to maximize benefits in operation. Today, Case IH, through its Autonomy and Automation Program, is researching and piloting Autonomous technology in real - life situations. While the Autonomous Concept vehicle revealed in 2016 showed the world what is possible with autonomous vehicles, it was just that Concept. This working tractor provides a platform for us to start discussions with farmers and industry about technology needed for High - Efficiency Farming operations today and in the future, said Robert Zemenchik, Case IH AFS global Product manager. Were ready to show how Automation and Autonomy apply across agriculture and how it can advance precision farming solutions our customers are currently using on their farms. Because no two farming operations are alike, each requires varying levels of automation. With that in mind, Case IH find, through extensive Customer drive Product Design research, that current and future technology needs to fall into five categories of Automation. The Guidance Coordination & Optimization Operator assisted Autonomy supervise Autonomy. Full Autonomy is excited about exploring efficiencies that Automation and, eventually, Full Autonomy can bring to each farming operation, Zemenchik say. The logic behind categories is to provide a vision of what is possible. They are not linear, and give fleet may even fit into more than one category at a time. Today, many of our customers are already operating in Guidance and / or Operator assist Autonomy categories. Five categories start with automating specific tasks on a piece of equipment. With the introduction of its AFS AccuGuide auto Guidance system in the 1990s, Case IH has a long history of providing farmers with automation technology. That tradition continues today with advanced solutions, like AFS AccuTurn automated headland turning technology and AFS Soil Command seedbed sensing technology.

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Safety first

We do see that this technology will put people out of work. Case - IH has a large number of customers, across the globe, who find it difficult to find and recruit skilled labour. In Australia, mining industry has attracted huge numbers of workers to move out of the agricultural sector, which has left farmers severely short - staffed. Big farming operations in some more remote parts of Eastern Europe are in a similar situation, as well as some UK producers. For these businesses, Autonomous Tractor could solve this recruitment headache as a tractor, or several of these tractors, can be set up and monitored by one skilled operator that is able to work remotely. But tractors could also help ease pressure on some farming businesses where tractor drivers routinely clock up long hours. Because this technology can still be fit to tractors with cab, it is possible for drivers to operate it during the day and then let tractor take over in evening, or even work through night.


Autonomous Farming

We actually started working on our first prototype driverless tractors more than 10 years ago. Back then they were very different machines to the one weve just reveal, though. These earlier machines worked well, but they were built using incredibly expensive one - off components and needed specialist operators to set - up and drive them. That meant they would never have been suitable for commercial release. Now weve developed technology to the point where it can be set - up and operated from a laptop or tablet computer and almost anyone can be trained to do it. Weve also given tractor some artificial intelligence, allowing it to think for itself and operate as a truly autonomous machine. This means it can do things such as take action to avoid obstacles or decide to stop working if it is raining. It also learns as it go, so it can make more informed decisions. However, operators still decide the extent to which machine is permitted to act on its own behalf before asking their permission. On top of this, components inside it have come down in price to a more affordable level, thanks largely to progress that has already been made in the automotive sector. Put all this together and weve get user - friendly products thats reliable and can at last be offered at a price that is commercially viable. That is why we decided to reveal it now.

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Taking to the field

In an effort to understand how New Autonomous Technology can be used and how it meets real - world, on - Farm requirements, Case IH is collaborating with Bolthouse Farms on an Autonomous Tractor pilot program. The only way to validate on - farm use of Autonomous Technology is, quite literally, with field pilots where farmers use it on their own farm, integrate it into their own fleet and conduct their everyday activities, Zemenchik say. As one of largest carrot producers in North America, Bolthouse Farms is a year - round operation that Farm extensive acreage across four states and Canada. Companies focus on and openness to Advanced Technology, coupled with their desire to improve productivity, make them ideal participants in program. At first, pilot program will focus on primary tillage and deep tillage - both highly repetitive year - round tasks for Bolthouse Farms. A small fleet of Autonomous Steiger Quadtrac Tractors pulling True - Tandem disk harrow or Ecolo - Tiger disk ripper will be used. This will help evaluate Autonomous machine Control in a variety of tillage applications, soil types, meteorological conditions and sensing and perception activities. One of primary goals is to receive agronomic and Operator feedback on use of Autonomous Technology in real - world farm conditions, so Case IH can further develop and refine our technological Control and machine Optimization Systems, Zemenchik say. Additionally, we will be able to learn from Bolthouse Farms what use it envisions for automation and Autonomy that we might not have already thought of. Brian Grant, Bolthouse Farms vice president of Agriculture, views the Autonomous Tractor pilot program as an opportunity to find new ways to make companies ' operations more efficient and deliver high - quality food for growing population. Were just now starting to play what if? Game where we were asking ourselves and Case IH Engineers questions about what Autonomous Tractors are capable of, Grant say. And answers to these questions are not if. Its when. A pilot program will be launched in 2018. As it Progress, Case IH will provide periodic updates. To learn more, visit caseih.

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Solo Stove Bonfire

There's reason autonomous flying modes have been a key element of this year's big Drone announcements: most people aren't that great at controlling them with what's in essence legacy R / C plane controller. Shift Drone overcomes that not with autonomy, but with a novel new control scheme. To fly it, you simply grab a stick - like box and wear a special ring on your thumb, which floats above the sensors on top. Move your thumb up to go up, leave to fly left, etc., Giving you intuitive one - hand control. There's 13 megapixel / 4K camera on board, and an optional extension lets you control the camera and view real - time feed back via your smartphone.

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ACV built in no time

This Autonomous Concept tractor has been designed and built by CASE IH. It promises to bring significant productivity benefits to world agriculture and can be operated unmanned and monitored remotely. This ground - breaking tractor is equipped with a range of technologies that are used for remote monitoring and control via PC or tablet, meaning that once the tractor is in the field it can work completely independently, eliminating the need for driver to observe operation, and so removing the need for a cab. Should the tractor encounter an obstacle, it automatically stop, owner is alert, and the machine does not restart until camera feeds are checked and a decision on whether the tractor can continue is take. It also offers future potential to automatically adapt to weather events. For example, tractor would stop automatically should it become apparent changeable weather would cause problem, then recommence work when conditions have sufficiently improve. Alternatively, if on private roads, it can be sent to another field destination where conditions are better - where soils are lighter or there has been no rain, for example. Key benefits of autonomous technology include optimisation of farming operations, especially during tight weather windows, as ACV can work around the clock with no variation in productivity. It also enables agribusinesses to both redeploy labour to value - added tasks, as ACV could conduct routine in - field activities, as well as help businesses overcome lack of skilled labour. We are delighted to be bringing ACV to Goodwood for its UK unveiling, says Paul Harrison, UK Business Director for CASE IH. It is a concrete example of CASE IHs commitment to agricultural innovation, and helping our customers improve their productivity and efficiency. The CASE IH Autonomous Concept tractor will be on display in FoS Future Lab at Goodwood Festival of Speed from July 4 - 7 2019.

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5 levels of autonomy

With increasing numbers of automated trucking technologies being tested and appearing on the market, industry is at a crossroads. Automate features to layperson often conjure images of futuristic driverless cars operating with fully autonomous features. This, however, is not the case, and Automation occurs on the spectrum. The question then become, what levels of autonomy can be adopted in commercial vehicles, and when should each be adopt? The current state of federal policies and regulations for the autonomous trucking market are largely absent, making integration across full networks difficult. Industry thus faces new questions about the future of automation. Shippers and carriers should stay informed about new technology for semi - trucks and variations in state - to - state regulations. This will create strategic advantage as we look to longer - term future and sustainability strategies

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New Holland T4

Back in 2016, at the same show Case IH unveiled its autonomous Magnum, New Holland held a similar press event pulling wraps off its version of autonomous tractor, NHDrive T7. The idea, according to the brand, was to illustrate possible row crop applications with that model, which unlike Magnum, includes operators stations so tractors could function in both autonomous and conventional modes. This year, blue brand has launched its own new pilot program that parallels that of its red sister brands using one of marquees specialty models, T4. 110f design for vineyards. This machine will work at the famous E and J Gallo Winery vineyard in California. Unlike Case IHs pilot project that saw most of autonomous work done in broad - acre operations, this one will focus on the full range of vineyard maintenance and crop production tasks. New Holland say this will provide feedback to further develop autonomous operation in a broad cross - section of activities in vineyards and other types of farming as well.

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