Major automobile manufacturers are working on introducing autonomous technologies in their cars. This will help make roads safer and also make it more convenient, claims the manufacturers. While there is still some time before we get to see self driving cars on road, Mahindra and Mahindra has introduced a driverless tractor in India that has been developed by the company's research valley in Chennai.
Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
Mahindra and Mahindra claims that this technology will make farming more productive and profitable. This will in turn reduce health hazards. The driverless tractor can be programmed to carry out specific tasks and can be operated from remote locations. The tractor will be equipped with GPS based technology, automatic headlights, auto-implement lift and also skip passing, a feature that lets the tractor steer to the next row without any driver intervention.
In terms of safety, the tractor also comes with geofence lock that prevents the tractor from crossing the boundaries of the farm. In addition, the tractor can be controlled with the help of a tab like interface. The operator can remotely steer the tractor as well as make it perform multiple tasks from a different location. In case of an emergency, the operator can switch off the ignition as well. The company states the tech protects the farmers from potential health hazards resulting from operations like insecticide spraying which now can be done without human intervention.
This technology will be offered across Mahindra tractor platforms in due course of time. It will be introduced in international markets such as USA and Japan. Mahindra plans to offer the driverless tractor technology across its range of tractors from 20PS to 100PS over a period of time