Earlier this year, John Deere unveiled its first fully autonomous tractor. The announcement was made as part of CES 2022.
What’s notable about the autonomous John Deere 8R?
This revolutionary machine combines John Deere's 8R tractor with a TruSet-enabled chisel plow and GPS guidance system. The autonomous tractor also leverages recently unveiled advanced technologies; more on this to come.
Why is this new tractor important?
Global population is expected to continue to grow at a rapid pace, which means global food demand is growing right along with it. Farmers already face a steep challenge when it comes to meeting these demands, and the realities of less available, workable land combined with a dwindling supply of qualified labor makes the pursuit of this goal even more difficult.
In addition to these issues, every farmer knows that it’s the variables you can’t control that can really make or break a growing season. Changes in weather, climate, variations in soil quality and weeds and pests can add to an already heavy burden.
The autonomous 8R tractor works to answer some of these challenges.