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    Kinze Developing Tractor Drones

    What Roomba has done for vacuums, Kinze Manufacturing hopes to do for tractors.








    Last month the 46-year-old farm implement company demonstrated to dealers its new autonomous system developed with Jaybridge Robotics of Cambridge, Mass., which uses the global positioning system or GPS to allow tractors to run without human operators.
    For two years Kinze and Jaybridge tested the system for detecting obstacles such as fence posts, stand pipes, farm animals and other vehicles.
    But according to Susanne Kinzenbaw Veatch, vice president and chief marketing officer at Kinze, the spark for the autonomous system came from the vision of her dad, one in a long line of Iowa farmers and tinkerers.
    "About 10 years ago, Dad started thinking that the future of agriculture wasn't necessarily in bigger equipment, but in autonomous drones," Veatch said.
    Farmers already use global positioning systems to guide tractors and combines, but that technology works with someone sitting inside the vehicle.
    Beyond demonstrating the technology to its dealers, Kinze isn't yet saying when the system will be available or for what price. But when the Kinze system arrives, it will be aimed at solving one of farming's most persistent problems: the scarcity of help.
    "When you talk about good farm help these days, you're talking about more than just a hired hand," said Kinze's founder and owner, Jon Kinzenbaw. "The farm worker has to be very mechanically and technically skilled. There's not a lot of those folks around."
    Veatch said the autonomous system holds the possibility of 24-hour planting during often rare good weather in April.
    No driver needed: Iowa firm develops 'autonomous' tractor – USATODAY.com



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    Re: Kinze Developing Tractor Drones

    I welcome our robot overlords.



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    Re: Kinze Developing Tractor Drones

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    Re: Kinze Developing Tractor Drones

    How many years before the Cargill, ADM etc.. decide to just cut out the farmer?


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    Re: Kinze Developing Tractor Drones

    I hope they develop some good fail-safes for potential electrical issues. I'd hate to see the aftermath of a robot "falling asleep" at the wheel.




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    Re: Kinze Developing Tractor Drones

    Whats Hot DJ Roomba!

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    Yes, sir. I think those new droids are going to work out fine.
    In fact, I, uh, was also thinking about our agreement about my staying
    on another season. And if these new droids do work out, I want to
    transmit my application to the Academy this year.



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    Re: Kinze Developing Tractor Drones

    At last, the A&M thread has the tools it needs to take over.



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    Re: Kinze Developing Tractor Drones

    I think they are a step or two behind john Deere.



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    Re: Kinze Developing Tractor Drones

    So no more drop in attendance at JTS for harvest season?



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    Re: Kinze Developing Tractor Drones

    Sarah Connor says hello



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    Re: Kinze Developing Tractor Drones

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBake View Post
    I think they are a step or two behind john Deere.
    More like 5 or 10 steps behind JD... This guy just loves seeing his name in the paper and talking trash about other companies that are beating his pants off.



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    Re: Kinze Developing Tractor Drones

    People seem to be forgetting that this is how SkyNet began. Or is going to begin. I forget. Or I don't know yet.

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    Re: Kinze Developing Tractor Drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonegrad07 View Post
    More like 5 or 10 steps behind JD... This guy just loves seeing his name in the paper and talking trash about other companies that are beating his pants off.
    Agreed. What they displayed wasn't really that groundbreaking. Sure its one thing to have an autonomous tractor start at point A go to point B and come back across an open field. You wouldn't let this thing take 1,000 bu of corn and drive down the highway with it just yet. When it comes to having an autonomous combine however, that's a completely different ballgame. Not only does the combine have know where it's at all the time, it also would have to make constant adjustments to both the cleaning and threshing system based on what it decides is an acceptable loss rate. This is a few years down the road...but its on it's way!



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    Terrifying.


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