Case IH defines autonomy categories for agricultural machinery

TOWARDS AUTONOMY: Case IH has been studying its autonomous agricultural machinery in the field. Pictures: Supplied
TOWARDS AUTONOMY: Case IH has been studying its autonomous agricultural machinery in the field. Pictures: Supplied

Case IH has been continually evolving its technology and redefining automation and autonomy in agricultural machinery since revealing its autonomous concept vehicle.

Customers around the world have been speaking with Case IH about how the technology can be implemented for maximum benefit in their operations.

Through its Autonomy and Automation Program Case IH has been researching and piloting autonomous technology in real-life scenarios, Case IH global product manager Robert Zemenchik said.

“While the autonomous concept vehicle reveal in 2016 showed the world what’s possible with autonomous vehicles, it was just that – a concept,” Mr Zemenchik said.

“This working tractor provided a platform for us to start discussions with farmers and the industry about the technology needed for high-efficiency farming operations today and in the future.

“We’re ready to show how automation and autonomy applies across agriculture and how it can advance the precision farming solutions our customers are currently using on their farms,” he said.

The world’s diverse farming operations require varying levels of automation.

Through its customer-driven research, Case IH found that current and future technology needed fall into five categories of automation for agricultural field applications.

These categories and associated activities are:

  • Guidance
  • Coordination and optimisation
  • Operator assisted automation
  • Supervised autonomy
  • Full autonomy.

“It’s exciting to explore the efficiencies that automation and, eventually, full autonomy can bring to each farming operation,” Mr Zemenchik said.

“The logic behind the categories is to provide a vision of what’s possible.

“They are not linear, and a given fleet may even fit into more than one category at a time.”

Farm Machinery Tasmania, Longford, and TR & KR Shipton, Quoiba, stock Case IH machinery.