Introducing John Deere’s autonomous 8R Tractor for large-scale production. The 8R tractor with a TruSet™-enabled chisel plow, StarFire™ GPS guidance system, and new advanced technologies will help farmers grow more for a growing planet. The John Deere autonomous tractor has six pairs of stereo cameras, which enables 360-degree obstacle detection and the calculation of distance.
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Images captured by the cameras are passed through a deep neural network that classifies each pixel in approximately 100 milliseconds and determines if the machine continues to move or stops, depending on if an obstacle is detected.
John Deere’s autonomous tractor is also continuously checking its position relative to a geofence, ensuring it is operating where it is supposed to, and is within less than an inch of accuracy.
The farmer will control and monitor the machine using — what else but — a smartphone app.John Deere Operations Center Mobile provides access to live video, images, data and metrics, and allows a farmer to adjust speed, depth and more. In the event of any job quality anomalies or machine health issues, farmers will be notified remotely and can make adjustments to optimize the performance of the machine./John Deere