THE Case IH autonomous concept vehicle (ACV) was launched at Commonwealth Bank AgQuip this week.
Growers and dealers were invited from across Australia and New Zealand to witness the unveiling of the futuristic driverless tractor.
CNH autonomous vehicles agricultural equipment innovation director Brad Lukac said whilst the concept vehicle had been used to plant a commercial crop, it served a bigger purpose for the company.
“The concept vehicle is our expression of what we think farming could look in the future.”
“It’s meant to get people thinking about the future of farming and the future of agriculture itself,” he said.
Mr Lukac said that the company was now moving into a global market research campaign.
“We will talk to our customers to get feedback.”
“Its part a customer point of view of autonomy itself, part of it is going to be about the usability”.
The ACV is a cabless tractor that can operate autonomously with a wide range of field implements.
Case IH Australia and New Zealand marketing manager Pete McCann said the autonomous concept vehicle was a glimpse into the future.
“No one could have imagined a driverless tractor 10 years ago, but the ACV shows us that one day they could be a reality,” he said.
“It’s the perfect example of the possibilities before us and the fact the next big revolution in agriculture could be just around the corner..
“To be able to bring the ACV to Australia and show it to AgQuip visitors is very exciting for all of the Case IH team,” he said.