Autonomous Tractor Corporation, the company that designed the autonomous cab-less tractor named Spirit in 2013, is coming out with a tractor aftermarket package that can make your used tractor, no matter what brand, operate itself.
The package is called AutoDrive, a safety navigation and implement management system that allows for autonomous operation. It taps into the electronics onboard the tractor and, using sensors, lasers, radio signals and artificial intelligence software, takes over the controls, without the need for a driver.
In order for AutoDrive to work, tractors must be equipped with a diesel-electric drivetrain, which enables all functions to be controlled electronically. ATC sells a diesel-electric drivetrain package under the name eDrive, which you can read about here.
Once the drivetrain is “electrified,” AutoDrive takes over all of the functions needed for the tractor to run, steer, and think for itself, as well as operate an implement behind it.
The eDrive electric drivetrain package is available today, and the autonomous package, AutoDrive, will be available later this year. Check out this gallery showing how a used tractor goes from traditional to driverless.