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Mahindra & Mahindra showcased its first-ever driverless tractor, developed at the company's Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai. The driverless tractor from Mahindra will be launched in 2018 where farmers can control the tractors remotely.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr, Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, "Our tractor R & D has always been at the forefront of pioneering cutting-edge solutions. Today's display of the driverless tractor is another proud moment for us, as it opens up new possibilities in farming. We are happy to dedicate this innovative mechanization for the global farming community, in line with our Farming 3.0 proposition".
The unique features of the Mahindra driverless tractor include:
Auto Steer: GPS enabled technology which helps the tractor along a straight line.
Auto-headland Turn: Enables the tractor to orient itself along adjacent rows for continuous operation without any steering input from the farmer.
Auto-implement Lift:Feature in the tractor that automatically lifts the work tool from the ground at the end of a row and lowers the tool after the tractor has oriented itself for operation at the next row.
Skip Passing:This technology feature enables the tractor to steer to the next row for continuous operation without any intervention of the driver.
Additionally, the Mahindra driverless tractor is also equipped with some unique safety features as below:
Geofence lock:Prevents tractor from going outside the boundaries of the farm
Control via Tablet User Interface:Enables the farmer to program various inputs needed to farm efficiently. Also, offers controls to prevent the tractor veering off from its intended path or desired operation. He can also control the tractor remotely via a tablet.
Remote Engine Start Stop:Ability to stop the engine and hence, bring the tractor to a complete STOP if needed in cases of emergency.
Rajesh Jejurikar, President, Farm Equipment Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, "Today the need for farm mechanisation is higher than ever before, due to the labour shortage and the need to improve productivity and farm produce yield. Coupled with our ‘DiGiSENSE' technology that we launched last year, the driverless tractor offers a distinct advantage to the Indian farmer by bringing an unprecedented level of intelligence to the tractor".
With autonomous technology growing at a tremendous pace, Mahindra has begun the race well ahead of its competitors.