Robotic tractor turns heads

Case IH autonomous concept tractor wins design award


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FARMING FUTURE: The Case IH autonomous concept tractor on display at Gunnedah's AgQuip in 2017.

FARMING FUTURE: The Case IH autonomous concept tractor on display at Gunnedah's AgQuip in 2017.

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Autonomous concept tractor wins design award

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TRACTORS and art rarely share the same stage, however an award winning robotic tractor has managed to merge technological innovation with futuristic design. 

Recently the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts Press, announced the Case IH autonomous concept tractor a winner of the prestigious Good Design Award. 

The award recognises the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world.

Based on the Case IH Magnum row crop tractor, the Case IH autonomous concept tractor was designed by CNH Industrial. 

It was the world’s first high horsepower, cabless autonomous concept tractor. 

Case IH brand president Andreas Klauser said the concept’s design was focused on both form and function, re-imagining the tractor for a future autonomous era by eliminating the traditional operator cab.

“This award marks a satisfying conclusion to the celebration of our 175th anniversary,” he said.

“The autonomous concept tractor is perhaps the best illustration of how we are living up to the anniversary’s tagline – Celebrating the Past by Looking Toward the Future.”

Mr Klauser said the concept tractor had toured the world since the unveiling.

“We have used this concept tractor as a way to kick off a dialog with our customers as to what the future of farming will look like in five or 10 years’ time,” he said.

We have used this concept tractor as a way to kick off a dialog with our customers as to what the future of farming will look like in five or ten years’ time. - ANDREAS KLAUSER

“From talking to customers in different countries, we see that for the near term, they want to have the flexibility of still having a cab on the tractor.”

Mr Klauser said the concept program had flow-on benefits to existing models and already began to see some of the applications of the concept study being applied.

He said the headland turning software which runs the product AccuTurn was developed through the autonomous concept program.

The story Robotic tractor turns heads first appeared on Farm Online.

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