Trimble, Horsch partner to develop autonomous solution
By integrating Trimble’s expertise in guidance systems, path planning, and in-field processing automation with Horsch’s fleet of machines, the two companies will not only build a future for autonomous machines but also workflows as well. The first phase of the relationship will bring automation to sprayers, and then extend to completely automate workflow from the office to the field.
In bringing automation to sprayers that improves machine performance and reduces operating errors, the driver’s workload will be significantly reduced and still allow him or her to intervene when necessary. Longer term, this technology will establish a basis for operating fully autonomous machines.
“The unique opportunity with this collaboration is not that we are presenting a future utopia but that we are moving step-by-step toward autonomy in a pragmatic, consistent manner,” says Theo Leeb, managing director for Horsch. “We consider automation in agriculture to be one of our next key technologies, and our goal is to ultimately deliver a platform of various applications to help farmers meet the challenges of the future.”
Currently, Horsch and Trimble are implementing a high level of automation and driver support with steering systems. Through increased automation, a driver will be able to perform more in-cab tasks in the field, like required documentation, planning, and coordination of work processes.
“Combining the forward-thinking nature of Horsch with Trimble’s cutting-edge autonomous technology creates an opportunity for the companies to develop innovative applications for the OEM and Trimble’s agriculture network,” says Finlay Wood, business area director for Trimble Autonomous Solutions. “We are building new customer-focused solutions as part of our existing connected farm ecosystem to deliver a unique and compelling solution for our customers — simplifying the complex, logistical, and operational challenges of modern agriculture.”