CNH Industrial debuted its autonomous farming solutions at its Tech Day in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. On show were new driverless tillage and driver assist harvest solutions from Raven, and baler automation from Case IH and New Holland.
CNHI’s autonomous farming solutions are to help solve farming’s biggest challenges: to increase productivity and to do more with less resources, more sustainably. The latest technology developments form part of the company’s Ag Tech roadmap.
This new automation technology for the tractor platform leverages Case IH brand’s harvest technology with Raven Autonomy integration. It provides a coordinated control feature that allows for the Driver Assist Harvest Solution to chart the path and speed of the tractor pulling the grain cart alongside a combine harvester during an ‘unload on the go’ operation.
The Driver Assist Harvest Solutions keeps the tractor in sync with the combine harvester when unloading grain – giving the combine operator seamless control over the unloading process. This solution will be made commercially available for both Case IH and New Holland brands.
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The Driverless Tillage Solution features an advanced Perception System and Remote Command & Control experience from Raven Autonomy, which functions with no operator in the cab. The machine can be operated remotely from a mobile tablet device. The operator can plan and execute precise, automated missions with consistent agronomic results monitored from anywhere.
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This autonomous farming development combines the Case IH tractor and tillage platform with Raven autonomy to deliver this autonomous tillage solution. The Raven autonomy technology platform provides a flexible, scalable tech stack to the iron. This autonomous farming solution also leverages existing Case IH tillage automation for agronomic and machine control of the implement. The result is increased productivity with consistent agronomic performance and richer data insights.
Case IH and New Holland’s autonomous farming developments are continuing to accelerate with the ongoing integration of Raven.
Baler automation was also unveiled on New Holland large square balers, featuring new technology that uses a LiDAR sensor to that scan the windrow in front of the tractor for density, volume and direction. The tractor and baler then use this input to automatically control steering, forward speed and baler settings to ensure the baler follows the windrow precisely for accurate crop feeding.
The results accordiong to CNHI: optimized bale shape, increased productivity, operator comfort and reduced fuel consumption. Case IH will also offer the baling automation feature.
Earlier this year at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, USA, Case IH and Raven introduced the agriculture industry’s first autonomous spreader, the Case IH Trident 5550 applicator with Raven Autonomy (Driverless Spreading Solution).
Meanwhile both New Holland and Case IH combines offer combine automation. Both Case IH Patriot and New Holland Guardian sprayers come equipped with application control automation.