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There are a host of self-driving cars on the road today, but John Deere wanted to make life easier for farmers with the latest autonomous technology. So, they combined Deere’s 8R tractor, a TruSet-enabled chisel plow, GPS guidance system, and new advanced technologies, to make a fully autonomous version that will be available later this year. It comes equipped with six pairs of stereo cameras, which enables 360° obstacle detection and distance calculation.
These images captured by the cameras are then processed by a deep neural network that classifies each pixel in approximately 100 milliseconds and determines if the machine continues to move or stops, depending on if an obstacle is detected. A geofence allows the autonomous tractor to continuously check its position, ensuring stays within its boundaries. Farmers can use the John Deere Operations Center Mobile app to start the machine and monitor it directly from their mobile device.
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John Deere Operations Center Mobile provides access to live video, images, data and metrics, and allows a farmer to adjust speed, depth and more. In the event of any job quality anomalies or machine health issues, farmers will be notified remotely and can make adjustments to optimize the performance of the machine,” said the company.