TECHNOLOGY HAS always played a pivotal role in the agriculture industry. So it goes without saying that as technology has gotten increasingly advanced, so has agriculture. We will start highlighting some of the most innovative agriculture products of 2022.
Today we showcase the John Deere’s Autonomous Tractor. With the tractor, just set it, leave it to work and go and carry out other duties. Surprising? Welcome to the latest innovation in agriculture.
At the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), John Deere announced one of the most innovative agriculture products of the year: a fully autonomous tractor. The machine combines the company’s 8R tractor, TruSet-enabled chisel plow, GPS guidance system, and new advanced technologies. The tractor’s six pairs of stereo cameras detect obstacles and distance and continuously check its position relative to a geofence.
To use the tractor, farmers simply need to transport the machine to the fields and configure it for autonomous operation with the John Deere Operations Center. Once it’s set up, the farmer can leave the field and focus on other tasks while monitoring the machine from their mobile device.
John Deere clearly expressed its goal with this tractor at the CES—to feed the world. The global population is expected to grow from about 8 billion to nearly 10 billion people by 2050, increasing the global food demand by 50 percent. As a result, farmers must feed this population with less available land and skilled labor, needing all the help they can get. This tractor follows suit with other industries implementing autonomy into their fleet, such as Caterpillar’s autonomous mining vehicles.