Mahindra & Mahindra, part of the India-based Mahindra Group, has unveiled its first ever driverless tractor, which will be available commercially in early 2018.
Designed to increase productivity in the farming sector, the tractor’s driverless technology allows it to carry out certain tasks without a driver, and to be operated remotely via a tablet.
The company says that the tractor could also reduce the health hazard for farmers by allowing them to carry out tasks such as insecticide spraying without human intervention.
The driverless vehicle is equipped with GPS-based auto steer technology, allowing it to operate autonomously along a straight line. It can also lift its work tool automatically at the end of one row, reposition itself at the start of the next row and lower the tool again to resume farming operations.
“Today the need for farm mechanisation is higher than ever before, due to labour shortage and the need to improve productivity and farm produce yield,” said Rajesh Jejurikar, President, Farm Equipment Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
“The driverless tractor offers a distinct advantage to the Indian farmer by bringing an unprecedented level of intelligence to the tractor.”