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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Fully Autonomous Tractors

More examples of autonomy in use.

John Deere debuts fully autonomous tractor at CES

BY DUNCAN RILEY  in SiliconAngle

Agricultural hardware maker John Deere today debuted a fully autonomous tractor at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show.

The autonomous tractor combines the company’s 8R tractor with a TruSet-enabled chisel plow, GPS guidance system and new advanced technologies. Those technologies include six pairs of stereo cameras that enable 360-degree obstacle detection and distance calculation.

Images captured by the cameras are passed through a deep neural network that classifies each pixel in about 100 milliseconds and determines if the machine continues or stops if any obstacles are detected. The autonomous tractor also continuously checks its position relative to a geofence to ensure it’s operating where it is meant to be, so it can’t drive off into the distance accidentally.  ... ' 

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