John Deere unveils concept autonomous sprayer

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It may not be described as “bigger, faster, stronger,” but John Deere’s concept sprayer is catching eyes for another reason — it’s autonomous.

Exhibited in the Future Technology Zone at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, the light-weight sprayer works on tracks to minimize ground pressure, while offering four-wheel stearing, and a ground clearance of 1.9m. Currently equipped with a 560-litre spray tank, the unit will see variable widths in the future.

“We have this as a concept right now. Right now the boom is at 30 feet,” says John Deere’s Ryan Galles, in the following video from Agritechnica. “That will likely change as we continue to iterate and learn from customers.”

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Galles says John Deere will also continue to investigate battery life, speed, and even autonomy at the fill station.

“Everything’s on the table — we’re considering lots of different things to make this highly productive. Something like that would continue to add to the productivity.”

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