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Belarus shows autonomous tractor prototype

Belarusian tractor brand Belarus showed the prototype of a driverless tractor during an anniversary event. The, by Minsk Tractor Works developed, 3523i is the first autonomous Belarus.

At the anniversary event, marking the 75th anniversary of the factory, the Belarusian tractor brand Belarus showed a prototype of an autonomous tractor. The basis of the tractor is the diesel-electric Belarus 3523. That type was introduced last year.

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The engine of the autonomous prototype is the same 350 hp Cummins block as the Belarus 3523. - Photo: Profi
The engine of the autonomous prototype is the same 350 hp Cummins block as the Belarus 3523. - Photo: Profi

Driverless tractor

Instead of a driver, the new prototype tractor has an intelligent control system that uses a combination of cameras, sensors and a computer. These ensure that the tractor can work independently, because it processes the data from the cameras and sensors itself in order to prevent collisions. If the tractor is almost out of fuel, it will drive itself to the diesel tank.

A video from Minsk Tractor Works shows the tractor working with an 8 furrow reversible plow.

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Up to 50 kilometers per hour

The engine of the autonomous prototype is the same 350 hp Cummins block as the Belarus 3523. In the field, the autonomous tractor reaches speeds of up to 15 kilometers per hour. On the road, the speed is up to 50 kilometers per hour.

Margriet Nijenhuis

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