Driverless tractor on show

A driverless tractor will be one of the headline attractions at AgQuip later this month, as part of its first showing in Australia.

Case IH debuted the cabless tractor in the United States last year. Named the Autonomous Concept Vehicle (ACV), it can can operate a wide range of field implements without any input from a driver.

“The ACV is a glimpse into the future for agriculture and proof of the impact technology is having on our industry. No one could have imagined a driverless tractor 10 years ago, but the ACV shows us that one day they could be a reality,” Case IH Australia New Zealand marketing manager Pete McCann said.

“To be able to bring the ACV to Australia and show it to AgQuip visitors is very exciting for all of the Case IH team.”

The ACV will be on display for the three days of the event, with an opportunity for visitors to get up close to the vehicle and learn more about its capabilities.

Mr McCann said the chance to view the ACV at this year’s AgQuip was a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity, and not just for farmers and landowners.

“You don’t have to come from the land or own a tractor to appreciate just how special this concept vehicle is. Autonomous operations are being considered across many industries and the Case IH ACV is one of the finest indications of what we may see in the not-too- distant future,” he said.

The AgQuip field days will be held over three days at the AgQuip site, eight kilometres from Gunnedah from August 22 to 24.