New Holland has received recognition from the SIMA judges who awarded the company the Silver Innovation Medal for its NHDrive concept autonomous tractor. The jury also awarded a Special Mention to New Holland’s new design for a more efficient cooling system, the High Efficiency Heat Rejection System.
Carlo Lambro, New Holland Agriculture Brand President, stated: “We are delighted with this recognition of our forward looking approach. The awarded innovations are the result of our strong focus on continuously raising the level of efficiency and profitability that our customers can reach with our equipment, and they support our overarching aim to help create a sustainable future for agriculture. The NHDrive concept autonomous tractor offers maximum operational flexibility for its capability for Driverless operation while featuring a fully equipped cab for those tasks where complete autonomy is not yet possible. At New Holland Agriculture we have made farming innovation our main goal for more than 120 years and are proud to be an active and driving force in this important change.”
The New Holland NHDrive concept autonomous tractor, which is based on a T8 Blue Power model, was developed by CNH Industrial in collaboration with its technology provider Autonomous Solutions Incorporated (ASI), a Utah-based company that is a leader in off-road autonomous solutions.
NHDrive is a fully autonomous unmanned vehicle that can be monitored and controlled via a desktop computer or a portable tablet interface. Equipped with a seeder, it is able to autonomously seed the next crop straight behind the combine. Farmers can access tractor and implement data whenever they need, wherever they are, so that they can make informed decisions at the right time, optimizing operational efficiency and productivity – and they maintain full control and ownership of their data.
The NHDrive tractor can make the most of the periods of favourable weather for farming operations by working around the clock; it makes full use of the advanced PLM (Precision Land Management) technology for precision farming; it is able to reach higher levels of productivity and efficiency than traditional methods; and it helps to reduce the risks associated with human error as it follows predetermined and optimised plans for all activities.
The NHDrive concept tractor offers maximum operational flexibility, as it features the same cab as a standard T8, so that it can also be used for those operations where complete autonomy is not yet possible, such as front loader work and high speed road transport.
The NHDrive tractor is able to work alongside other autonomous machines and can also work in tandem with machines Driven by an operator. Going forward, it will be able to completely automate grain handling during the harvest when equipped with a trailer, including unloading, transport and offloading activities. It is conceivable that in the future New Holland’s complete tractor range and other agricultural equipment could be equipped with the NHDrive technology.