First ever driver-less tractor unveiled by Mahindra & Mahindra
New Delhi, Sept 20: Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, a part of the 19 billion Mahindra Group, today displayed its first ever driverless tractor.
Developed at the Mahindra Research Valley, the Group’s hub of innovation and technology located in Chennai, the driverless tractor is all set to redefine the mechanisation process for the global farmer.
With this launch, Mahindra becomes the pioneer in the Indian tractor industry with the unique proposition of a driverless tractor. This innovation will change the future of farming by increasing productivity, leading to increased food production to feed the growing needs of the world. Speaking on this occasion, Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “Our tractor R & D has always been at the forefront of pioneering cutting edge solutions.
Today’s display of the driverless tractor is another proud moment for us, as it opens up new possibilities in farming. We are happy to dedicate this innovative mechanisation for the global farming community, in line with our Farming 3.0 proposition”. Rajesh Jejurikar, President, Farm Equipment Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “Today the need for farm mechanisation is higher than ever before, due to labour shortage and the need to improve productivity and farm produce yield.
Coupled with our ‘DiGiSENSE’ technology that we launched last year, the driverless tractor offers a distinct advantage to the Indian farmer by bringing an unprecedented level of intelligence to the tractor”. This technology will be deployed across Mahindra tractor platforms in due course of time.
It will also be deployed across international markets such as USA and Japan, giving Mahindra tractors a distinct competitive edge in global markets with technological advancement being at the forefront.
Mahindra plans to offer the driverless tractor technology across its range of tractors from 20 HP to 100 HP over a period of time. The pioneering driverless tractor is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and boasts of several unique features like, Autosteer, Auto-headland turn, Auto-implement lift and Skip passing.
With the deployment of this technology on Mahindra tractors, the farmers can work their fields for long hours without exposing themselves to harsh weather or difficult operating conditions.
They can also protect themselves from potential health hazards resulting from operations like insecticide spraying which now can be done without human intervention. It will also ensure better quality and consistency in farming operations, leading to higher productivity and farm produce yields.