Driver Optional With New Holland Autonomous Tractor

It looks like a standard New Holland T8 tractor, but there’s one thing missing – the driver.

The New Holland NH Drive autonomous concept tractor was the second driverless tractor unveiled at this week’s Farm Progress Show. But unlike the Case IH concept machine, the high horsepower New Holland version maintains a traditional cab, allowing it to be driven by an operator or run autonomously from a tablet or desktop computer.

CNH Industrial — the parent company of Case IH and New Holland — rolled out both tractors at the annual farm show, located this year in Boone, Iowa. At the launch, New Holland’s Global PLM Product Manager Dan Halliday shared the company’s strategy with Real Agriculture’s Bernard Tobin. “The key thing to say really is that this is a production tractor. We basically put four systems on there to make the tractor fully autonomous,” says Halliday.

In this video, Halliday explains that the cab on the tractor gives the operator the ultimate flexibility. Farmers can jump in the tractor, hitch on implements to perform tasks around the yard, and drive down the highway to a field. Once it gets to the field the tractor can operate autonomously to perform field tasks.

Halliday also comments on the path ahead to commercialization and what needs to happen for autonomous tractors to become a reality for North American farmers.

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