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VIDEO: Kubota launches driverless concept tractor

Kubota recently unveiled its concept ‘X-Tractor – cross tractor-’ at a new product exhibition to mark its 130th anniversary.

Equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) and electrification technology, this “dream tractor” is a completely autonomous tractor that represents the future of farming drawn by Kubota, according to the company.

A statement from the firm outlined that the tractor has been designed in order to address the challenges which farmers are facing such as labour shortage and low-operating efficiency; another challenge is in response to an increasing number of farmers retire due to aging. “It is urgently necessary to introduce smart farming.”

Key features:

(1) Futuristic design

  • The autonomous and electrification technology realized advanced design by new construction designing concept;
  • Following and advancing of the identity of Kubota tractors, created smooth shape through awareness of environmental protection and harmony with natures.

(2) Completely unmanned operation by AI

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Based on various data such as weather data and growth rates, AI chooses the appropriate operation and makes actions timely. “Our goal is to achieve a completely autonomous operation.”

The environmental data obtained by tractors in operation can be automatically shared with other machines on-site to realize centrally-managed efficient operation;

(3) Full electrification achieves environmentally friendly farm operation

  • 100% electric power by a combination of lithium-ion batteries and solar batteries;
  • Full electrification contributes for zero-emissions and reducing environmental loads.

(4) One machine for diverse processes

The four-wheeled crawler achieves stable autonomous driving even on wet paddies and uneven terrains;

  • The four-wheeled crawler changes its shape to maintain the tractor height at the optimal level, thus performing in various processes;
  • The in-wheel motor makes it possible to arbitrarily change the rotation speed of the four crawlers (front, rear, right, and left) to achieve a small turning radius for autonomous operation on various types of land.
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