Look... No hands
A driverless tractor pulls a disc in a Central California wine grape vineyard.
Vineyard system demonstration
The Kingman autonomous tractor system is being perfected in a Central Valley wine grape vineyard, seen here pulling a disc.
Autonomous tractor inventor
Connor Kingman developed the autonomous tractor system in partnership with California farmer Ted Sheely. Kingman is a mechanical engineering graduate from University of California, Irvine.
Lights, camera, action
Lights, cameras and LIDAR help the Kingman autonomous tractor navigate .
Though the autonomous tractor will stop before striking an object, a fail-safe was built into the system that includes a bumper that, if it strikes an object, will immediately stop the machine.
The Kingman autonomous tractor includes an air tank (the yellow cylinder) to operate the clutch and brakes. This is the only one of two current tractors with extra, deep-cycle batteries necessary to power the starter while maintaining enough power to the computer, which is required to start the engine and the autonomous systems.
Human brains behind advanced technology
Ted Sheely, left, is the California farmer Connor Kingman, center, partnered with to develop and test his autonomous tractor. Also pictured is Jake Sheely.
No hands... almost
While the autonomous tractor system requires no driver, a smart phone app Connor Kingman developed allows him to operate the machine to, for instance, swap implements or load it onto a trailer for transport.