Special vest with transmitter for safety around autonomous vehicles

The Defender™ vest utilizes a small wireless transmitter that automatically pauses the autonomous machine when the person wearing the Defender™ vest is detected. Photo: GUSS Automation
The Defender vest utilizes a small wireless transmitter that automatically pauses the autonomous machine when the person wearing the Defender vest is detected. Photo: Guss Automation

Guss, manufacturer of autonomous sprayers for orchards, has developed a special vest to ensure the safety of people who come near their autonomous sprayer

The Defender vest utilizes a small wireless transmitter that automatically pauses the autonomous machine when the person wearing the Defender vest is detected. Guss will not resume operation until the individual is clear of the area surrounding the vehicle creating a safer environment for the crew members. The batteries located in the transmitter of the high visibility safety vest have an estimated 1.5-year life. No daily charging is necessary, making it easy and convenient for employees to use.

“Developing sound safety systems is our duty as a leading pioneer in the autonomous farm equipment sector,” says Gary Thompson, COO of Guss Automation. “The Defender vest was the next logical step for us in our quest to maximize the level of safety around Guss machines, adding a layer of redundant safety to an already robust safety stack.”

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GUSS is 100% driverless. It was designed to remove the operator from the tractor and instead use software to drive the vehicle. – Photo: Crinklaw Farm Services
GUSS is 100% driverless. It was designed to remove the operator from the tractor and instead use software to drive the vehicle. – Photo: Crinklaw Farm Services

In April 2021 the Defender was sold to its first customers, after strategic infield testing. Guss Automation makes safety their highest priority being one of the leading parties in autonomous agriculture equipment. Therefore, Defender technology is now standard on every Guss vehicle to maximize safety for farmers, growers, and their crews.

100th autonomous orchard sprayer sold

Meanwhile, Guss Automation delivered their 100th autonomous orchard sprayer and now have Guss machines spraying throughout the United States and in Australia. Guss Automation, LLC continues to grow and currently has 35 employees which include a tech team, engineers, field testers, customer success team, and their fabrication and assembly crews. With the rising demand for Guss, they are streamlining the manufacturing process to double production with two Guss machines per week. Guss Automation has also built their outside team of trusted authorized Guss dealers in the US and Australia to meet customer needs.

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Geert Hekkert Chief editor of Future Farming
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