Kubota taps Nvidia tech for smart-farming autonomous tractors

OSAKA — Kubota has partnered with U.S. chipmaker Nvidia to develop highly sophisticated self-driving farm tractors, the Japanese machinery maker said Tuesday.

The tractors will be equipped with Nvidia graphics processing units and artificial intelligence, coupled with cameras to instantly process collected data.

The farming technology is expected to provide a labor-saving solution that will help address the shortage of workers in Japan’s agricultural industry.

Kubota launched the Agrirobo line of tractors in 2017. Although the tractors can run autonomously using radar to ascertain surroundings, they require human supervision and they do not use AI.

The technology developed through the partnership with Nvida looks to attain complete autonomy. To improve safety and functionality, the tractors require high-tech cameras to collect and analyze image data.

Nvidia’s GPU and AI will be adopted to minutely analyze weather data and crop conditions.

Japan’s aging society has led to a labor crunch in the farm industry. Smart farming has become a pressing issue amid the need to curb labor costs.

Kubota’s rivals, such as Deere & Co. in the U.S., are adding driverless technology to their equipment. Major automakers are collaborating with Nvidia, but such a partnership in the agricultural sector is still uncommon.

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Anand Mahindra: ‘Perfect for farming ocean bed’: Anand Mahindra on amphibious tractors

NEW DELHI: Incessant rains in Gurugram on Wednesday and Thursday had left many commuters scratching their heads due to waterlogging on roads and underpasses but as sharp as the business head gets, Anand Mahindra found a product opportunity in such dire conditions as well.
The top Mahindra Boss found the opportunity for amphibious tractors when he came across a viral video of a tractor making its way easily through a waterlogged underpass.

He mentioned that the amphibious tractors can be used when humans start farming the ocean bed.
His followers also responded with quirky replies. One of the replies mentioned that the video can become a focused marketing campaign. Many even called for a new line of products that can make their way through water-logged roads and underpasses.
A reply compared the tractor to Batman’s favourite vehicle, the batmobile which could also make its way through such dire conditions.

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