The world of agriculture is changing rapidly. Whether it's CRISPR editing to improve crops, smart scarecrows or robotic harvesting machines, this industry continues to transform at breakneck speed.
There is another technology adding to this changing landscape. The new self-driving tractor takes place in the future of agriculture Monarch.
The tractor offers what may be the most futuristic twist on the classic vehicle type ever. It is a tractor that has the (optional for the driver) driverless driving function, boasting 360-degree cameras and an assortment of on-board sensors and other navigation tools to navigate farms without human intervention.
Rather than simply being able to drive from point A to point B, the Monarch autonomous tractor promises to perform any function a farmer might use a tractor for. Plus, it interfaces with other tractor attachments, performs crop health assessments, and more.
Depending on the mode, the tractor can work autonomously, controlled in a fleet by farmers on the ground or follow other drivers in shadow mode. It is an impressive piece of technology. It can last 10-12 hours on a single charge, or three to four hours on higher power if needed.
The Monarch autonomous tractor, more than other technologies seen recently, is a real game changer for global agriculture.
Because? Simple. It is a fully electric vehicle. Fully automatic. Reduces diesel usage and emissions, reduces labor costs. Provides data that can be used to improve the quantity and quality of collections. And it has an affordable price to the mass.
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The Monarch self-driving tractor will be shipped in the fall of 2021. Its starting price is around 50.000 euros.
How soon will we see them wandering alone in the fields even here in Italy?
Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.