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Raven advances VSN guidance technology

Full canopy guidance and automatic row turnaround are added to Raven’s VNS Visual Guidance System.

Raven announced two advancements for its VSN Visual Guidance System. Full canopy guidance and automatic row turnaround are Raven’s latest step towards a fully-autonomous solution.

Full canopy guidance

The first advancement utilises non-contact radar sensors to guide the machine in full canopy crop. “This proactive approach is not dependent on mechanical mechanisms and precisely steers the machine at speeds exceeding 18 mph. This first-to-market, non-contact, multi-sensor approach maintains sub-inch accuracy through varying crop conditions,” says Raven.

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  • Full canopy guidance utilises non-contact radar sensors to guide the machine in full canopy crop. - Photo: Raven

    Full canopy guidance utilises non-contact radar sensors to guide the machine in full canopy crop. - Photo: Raven

  • Full canopy guidance precisely steers the machine at speeds exceeding 18 mph. - Photo: Raven

    Full canopy guidance precisely steers the machine at speeds exceeding 18 mph. - Photo: Raven

Automatic row turnaround

The second advancement, to be released in fall 2020, will automatically turn the machine around in headlands at each end of a planted field. This technology warns the operator to slow down, begins the turn, automatically finds the next set of rows, and accurately turns and steers the machine down the next pass. In addition to reducing operator fatigue even further, this complementary technology is also to eliminate missed rows, crop damage and overspray.

The VSN full canopy solution is available today with commercial release in fall 2020. Ag retailers or growers interested in the product can request a demo. Automatic turnaround capabilities are scheduled to be available fall 2020.

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