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Case IH first unveiled the world’s first high horsepower, cabless autonomous concept tractor at the Farm Progress Show in 2016, marking a revolutionary step forward in tractor design. The tractor was designed by CNH Industrial’s in-house Industrial Design Centre and based on the current Case IH Magnum row crop tractor. The concept’s design was focused on both form and function, reimagining the tractor for a future autonomous era by eliminating the traditional operator cab.
Andreas Klauser, brand president of Case IH, noted, “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.”
After the reveal at the Farm Progress Show in August 2016, the tractor was shown at trade fairs in France, Brazil, Argentina and Australia.
“We have already begun to see some of the applications of this concept study being applied in our current line up such as AccuTurnTM and there are more introductions on the horizon,” Klauser added.
AccuTurn takes the guesswork out of turning on headlands with automated headland-turning technology powered by software logic from the autonomous concept tractor. This next-generation Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) autoguidance technology provides hands-free, automatic and repeatable turns for increased productivity, improved accuracy and reduced operator fatigue.
“We will see more AFS product content on our offering to come in 2018,” said Klauser. “We are excited to be starting a pilot program with an evolved concept that incorporates the feedback from customers’ reactions to the concept as well as additional testing. We are working with a key customer with intensive tilling operations to thoroughly test the implementation of this technology.”