Agricultural machinery and equipment manufacturer John Deere debuted its fully autonomous tractor at the 2022 CES on Tuesday.
Introducing the New Machine
John Deere revealed a fully autonomous tractor that it says is ready for large-scale production later this year. The company unveiled it at a press conference on Tuesday in the lead-up to this year’s edition of the Consumer Electronics Show.
Automated features are not new on John Deere tractors. The manufacturer’s vehicles have come equipped with varying levels of automation for over two decades. That said, this is its first “fully autonomous” introduction into the market.
“This machine is not for demonstration but for real work in real farm fields and with real customers,” said Deanna Kovar, John Deere’s vice president of production and precision agriculture production systems at the press conference.
She told The Verge, “This is not a demo. It’s not a concept machine. It’s something we’ve had in the field with farmers for years and will be taking to production in the fall.”
A Driverless Tractor
John Deere has long committed to helping farmers increase production sustainability through the help of technological innovations. The manufacturer has spent much of the last decade infusing artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and Industrial IoT into its business model.
The machine is a combination of Deere’s 8R tractor, GPS guidance system, a TruSet-enabled chisel plow, stereo cameras, and other advanced technologies.
To use it, farmers only need to transport the tractor to a field and configure it using a mobile app. A farmer can then focus on other tasks while monitoring progress on the app.
John Deere will display the innovative tractor in its CES booth from the 5th to the 8th of January.