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Japan created an autonomous electric tractor

Our regular readers must have noticed thatHigh technologies are being introduced not only in space and medicine, but also in agriculture. For example, in 2019, the Russian corporation Roscosmos introduced a tractor that is able to reach the desired point on the map on its own, without any help from the driver. In theory, such agricultural transport can be useful for transporting goods, planting, and even harvesting. That is why it is not surprising that the creation of such technology is also being undertaken in other countries of the world. For example, recently the Japanese company Kubota introduced an unmanned vehicle called X Tractor, which not only works on electric energy, but also knows how to determine the best time for planting and collecting plants.

Kubota Tractor Looks Like a Transformer

About the features of an autonomous tractor wasKubota's blog post says. It was created as part of a government program to assist owners of Japanese farms. The fact is that the average age of local farmers is as much as 67 years, while in other countries, agricultural workers retire at the age of 60. Many of the working farmers require physical assistance, so the Japanese authorities decided to push Japanese manufacturers of large equipment to create autonomous tractors and robots that can do manual labor instead of people.

By the way, farmers in some countries are already using artificial intelligence to track crops.

Electric motorized drone tractor

As you can see from the news headline,X Tractor agricultural machine is equipped with an electric motor and does not harm the environment. Only now the company has not said anything about the volume of the built-in battery and it remains to be hoped that the novelty can work for at least a couple of hours on a single charge. Otherwise, he risks staying in the middle of the field and since he doesn’t even have a seat for a person, there will be no one to follow the charge level of his battery. However, the company may well create an application through which farmers will be able to control all tractor performance and manage its functions.

Kubota engineers seem to have been inspired by the prototype of the Dream Tractor introduced in 1970.

The machine uses four modules for movementwith caterpillars that can rotate in different directions independently of each other. This was probably done so that the car could move freely even on the most difficult roads. For example, thanks to this design, the tractor will be able to move through rice-filled rice fields.

And here is a tractor from Roskosmos.

At the moment, it is known that the Japanese tractorable to assess the growth rate of planted plants. Based on this data, the built-in artificial intelligence in the machine can determine the best time to harvest. In addition, it is reported that the novelty is also able to determine the appropriate time for plowing the land and planting plants.

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Unfortunately, other details aboutthe new Japanese company did not share. At the moment, there is not even rough data on the price of the X Tractor machine, and there can be no talk of an estimated start date for sales. Perhaps in the near future the company will still be able to show a new product in action, but honestly, this is hard to believe. But if the tractor is still to be used in the future, farmers will clearly have more time to complete other, no less important, but easier physical tasks.