New Holland driverless tractor coming to Australia

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New Holland’s T8 NH Drive autonomous tractor concept is making its way to Australian field days.

The New Holland T8 autonomous tractor working in a field
 The new driverless New Holland T8 is here
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You’ll be able to see the T8 driverless tractor, which was unveiled last year at the Farm Progress Show in the United States, at the AgQuip, Henty, Yorke Peninsula and Elmore field days.

"We are excited to showcase this exciting new concept to the Australian market, and make it accessible to a large audience," New Holland national product manager Tony Peters says.

Celebrating 100 years of New Holland tractors, the iconic brand will be going up against another tractor giant, Case IH, which is also showcasing its autonomous ACV tractor at AgQuip.

"We are eager to get the tractor in front of as many people as possible to not only showcase the technology, but provide an insight into the brands focus for the future as part of our commitment to sustainability and efficiency," Peters says.

New Holland’s T8 has the capacity to reach the fields autonomously via private on-farm tracks, and can work together with other autonomous or traditional operator-controlled machines.

Unlike the Case IH ACV, the T8 tractor looks like your standard tractor and can still be driven, ensuring maximum flexibility for the operator.

The tractor was developed by CNH Industrial in collaboration with Utah-based Autonomous Solutions Incorporated (ASI), and New Holland believes it will give visitors to its show stands a glimpse into the future of autonomous farming.

 "The New Holland NH Drive autonomous tractor is an unmanned vehicle that is fully autonomous and can be monitored and controlled via a desktop computer or via a portable tablet interface," Peters says.

The T8 can be controlled by a tablet
The T8 can be controlled via a tablet

He says this enables farmers to access tractor and implement data, wherever they are, from different locations, while checking fields or tending livestock from the comfort of their ute or at home, anytime they need to.

"This facilitates right-time decision making to enhance operational efficiency and productivity," Peters adds. "Furthermore, farmers will maintain full control and ownership of their data."

The new New Holland NH Drive Autonomous tractor will be available to view at:

AgQuip Field Days: Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 August 2017

Henty Machinery Field Days: Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 September 2017

Yorke Peninsula Field Days: Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 September 2017

Elmore Field Days: Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 October 2017

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