The Canadian company Mojow Autonomous Solutions Inc. (Mojow), a developer of autonomous software for agricultural machines, started this summer a partnership with tractor manufacturer Versatile, a division of Buhler Industries Inc.. Versatile and Mojow have been working together to validate Mojow’s autonomous navigation controller (Eyebox™) on the comprehensive range of Versatile tractor models.
Working collaboratively with the engineering team at Versatile has expedited the development of Mojow’s autonomous navigation controller and application to tractors. With a direct line to Versatile engineering staff, Mojow has taken command of all tractor functions through the CANbus on the tractor, including steering, propulsion, exterior lights, ignition and activation of hydraulic remotes. “We are working directly with a resourceful team of engineers from Versatile who are experts on the inner workings of their tractor lineup. This relationship will streamline integration for quick turnaround to market viability,” says Mojow President, Owen Kinch.
A Versatile high horsepower four-wheel drive tractor has been operating in Alberta with Mojow’s Eyebox™ controller. The tractor has completed a number of in-field tests in a variety of applications with very promising results. “We’ve ran hundreds of tests and proven Eyebox™ is capable of operating reliably over extended periods of time, with a high-level of operational precision,” added Mr. Kinch. The testing will followed by fall validation on a small number of growers’ farms this upcoming fall season.
“We are excited to support the integration of new technology and take steps toward autonomous operation of Versatile products,” said Adam Reid, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Versatile. “This partnership is mutually beneficial; Mojow will be able to efficiently adapt their technology to our tractors, moving Versatile towards a future of autonomous technology. Versatile has a history of partnering with industry leaders that understand our cornerstones of simplicity, reliability and ease of service and maintenance. That remains true with this partnership as well.”