Remember that cab-less Case IH autonomous tractor concept that was launched in 2016? It made an appearance at Agritechnica 2019 in Hanover, Germany, and RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney was at the Case IH booth to take a look.
Daniel Stuart, director of product marketing for Case IH, says the company decided to show the tractor again because there have been some changes since the concept launch.
“We’re showing it here with the link of our new tractor here, the Magnum AFS Connect. So the tractor here that is shown [in the video below] obviously is missing the cab. This brought a lot of attention. At the time we did it for a few purposes; the one really main reason was to test the technology and also to test the market and see what the reaction was,” Stuart says, noting that although there were mixed reactions on social media, some of the larger-scale customers definitely saw a purpose for it.
“We are also showing a lot of technology regarding receivers, LiDAR, camera, and things like that. We’ve been testing that concept for the last couple of years, and it’s working out quite well for us. But really, where we’re at right now is we’re moving a lot of the technology from here and moving it across to [the Magnum 400],” he says.
One of the largest visual changes with the new tractor is that the cab is back in the picture. As far as the technology goes from the original concept, the receiver and the telematics were the most prominent to carry over to the Magnum 400, says Stuart. (Story continues below video)
“On the [original concept] you would’ve seen pictures of a guy with a tablet or something like that, seeing what is going on. We’re able to use agronomic data — which is not unusual on this tractor — but the farm manager is also able to see what the operator is seeing as well. So we’ve got a lovely new display called the IFS 1200 display, new user interface, and things like that. Of course, when you offer something new to the market people may not quite know how it all works, so we now have the possibility called remove viewing. So we can send the message from a PC, your computer in the office, to the display in the cab, and then the guy in the office is actually able to directly see what the guy in the cab is seeing. And if needed, give him some guidance .”
As far as the original concept goes, the idea hasn’t been abandoned yet and Stuart says it will continue to be an “expression for the future.”