Kubota offers semi-autonomous tractors, with the new M7002 series


European farmers can look forward to a new line-up from Kubota — and one that provides automation of some of the more mundane operator duties.

The M7002 series tractors succeed M7001, with up to 170 horsepower, a new power shift transmission, improved braking performance, lower fuel consumption and updates to intelligence.

With Tractor Implement Management, compatible implements can be in constant communication with the tractor, providing a semi-automated process. When baling with the BV5160, for example, an operator will not need to worry about stopping the tractor, opening the gate, or starting the tying process.

RealAgriculture’s Kelvin Heppner was on site at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, where he talked to Kubota’s Andreas Kaczmarczyk about the new technology, and whether or not the company is hoping to move into the higher horsepower market:

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