While autonomous tractors can be well-suited for some applications, there are other times when a rider is still needed. That’s where a new kit comes in, as it allows the existing tractor to switch between automatic and manual modes.
Developed by Tel Aviv-based Blue White Robotics, automatic tractor sets can be installed on any conventional third-party tractor within a day.
Along with the GPS module, the setup also incorporates LiDAR units and an optical camera for obstacle detection and avoidance; a pressure-sensitive front bumper causes the tractor to stop if it tries to run into something; and four emergency shutoff switches located around the outside of the chassis, which can flip to stop the vehicle.
Using an included computer program, the user starts by identifying the tractor’s operating area on a map. The kit then uses that data to establish the geolocation system, keeping the car from going outside those boundaries. As the tractor moves through the fields, its AI system allows it to identify rows of trees and spin at the end of each row so it can go down to the next row.
However, it is important that for situations where human touch works best, turning the switch on on the set will return the tractor to full manual control.
The system is said to have been tested by “large commercial growers” in the orchards and vineyards along the US West Coast, where it is used for tasks such as spraying and mowing. and classification. You can see it in action in the video below.
Source: Blue White Robotics
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