Driver-less Tractor Unveiled at Farm Progress Show

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BOONE, Iowa — At the 2016 Farm Progress Show, Case IH Corporation of Racine, Wisconsin, has unveiled a driver-less tractor.

The tractor has no seat or steering wheel. It’s only a concept vehicle at this point, it is not for sale, nor has the company even named a price on this tractor.

“This was the opportunity to kind of bring out this next generation, an autonomous concept vehicle,” said Nate Weinkauf, of Case IH. “We really want to get some feedback from our customers here at the Farm Progress Show this week.”

Most tractors and combines at the Farm Progress Show can be seen working in the demonstration fields here. Not so with the driver-less tractor.

The company produced a video showing the machine at work tilling and planting corn. The video also showed how the tractor steers around obstacles, and can beam video to an operator somewhere with an iPad or computer to tell the tractor which way to go.

“We seen how technology has changed over the years in 1996 and 1997, we launched yield mapping and yield monitoring, and now that’s become standard across the way,” said Weinkauf.

Case IH was seeking farmer comment on the new concept, and they got plenty.

“We were talking about this on the way down here, how do you get it down the road, or back it in the shed,” asked Aaron Smith of Sumner. “ I think we’re a few years away yet, but it will happen down the road for sure.”

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