John Deere displayed future techonology concepts at Agritechnica 2019

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At this year’s AGRITECHNICA, John Deere set out to demonstrate its precision agriculture  leadership in the Future Technology Zone.  

Nine different product developments and research projects in electrification,  autonomy through automation  and artificial intelligence  showed how agriculture  could work even more sustainably  and productively in the future

The Zero emission electric compact utility tractor is based on the John Deere 1 Series. A key feature of this machine is its high PTO power, allowing more than 10,000m² of lawn to be mowed with one battery charge lasting 4.5 hours. In addition to high performance, customers benefit from very low maintenance costs. Potential applications are mainly where low noise levels and emission-free operation are required.

eAutoPowr is the first  continuously variable transmission  with an electro-mechanical  power split. Compared to conventional CVTs, the drive is more efficient and wear-free. Another special feature is the provision of up to 100kW of electrical power for external consumption. To demonstrate this, John Deere and Joskin have developed a slurry  anker with  two electric drive  axles. Thanks to this eight-wheel drive system, much more efficient transmission of tractive power is possible. This can also reduce slurry incorporation costs by up to 25 per cent. 

John Deere’s new autonomous tractor concept is a very compact electric drive unit with integrated attachment. The tractor has a total output of 500kW and can be equipped with  either wheels or tracks. Flexible ballasting from 5 to 15 tonnes is possible, depending on the app lication, to help reduce soil compaction. Thanks to the electric drive, there are no operating  emissions and noise  levels are extremely low.  Further advantages include low wear and maintenance costs.

A semi-autonomous  tractor drives semi-autonomously and is equipped with an integrated crop sprayer. Using a built-in camera, it is possible to work in row crops – for example, applying plant protection products to fruit tree plantations. Filling the sprayer tank takes  place fully automatically at a filling  station, so  the user is not  exposed to pesticides.  This is designed to reduce costs and increase productivity by over 30 per cent.

An autonomous drone sprayer is equipped with a weed scanner and crop sprayer, allowing weeds to be scanned from the air and then specifically controlled. The 10.6-litre tank is filled fully automatically at a field boundary station, where the automatic battery charge also takes place. Flight time with a fully charged battery is 30 minutes. The main advantage of this d rone is the precise application of pesticides, which significantly reduces the amounts used. Spraying from the air is also possible regardless of ground conditions.

This  novel autonomous  sprayer has a 560-litre spray tank. The high ground clearance of 1.9m and four-wheel steering make it extremely versatile, while the tracks minimise  ground pressure and greatly extend the operating window.

With See & Spray technology, high-resolution cameras capture 20 images per second. Based on the images and artificial intellig ence, the system recognises the difference between cultivated plants and weeds so that individual plants can be specifically treated. With this new generation of weed control, the use of pesticides can be greatly reduced.

The Command Cab – the future vision of a driver’s cab reveals new possibilities for artificial  intelligence.  With its joystick  control, touchscreen display and networking of all machine components, John Deere presents a completely new operating  concept. By integrating real-time  weather data, individual presettings and job management  procedures, the cab becomes  the command centre for agricultural operations.

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