Raven Industries is now accepting pre-orders for the company’s first commercially-available Driverless Ag Technology: AutoCart. Part of Raven Autonomy, this autonomous grain cart solution will be available to the market for use in the 2021 harvest season.
According to Raven, AutoCart lets farmers set a field plan, stage locations, adjust speeds, monitor location activity and command the tractor pulling a grain cart to sync with the combine as it offloads on the go. The driverless tractor can then be returned to a predetermined unloading area.
“This technology showcases the dedication and world-class innovation of Raven,” says Brian Meyer, vice president, Raven Applied Technology. “We set out to Solve Great Challenges, and Driverless Ag Technology is an incredible advancement that gives the farmer time back and improves the efficiency of harvest.
“Harvest is exhausting, and anyone who works on a farm knows the feeling of being shorthanded while trying to beat the weather and bring in their crop at the point that it will yield the maximum economic value. AutoCart is a real-world solution that will ease the stress of harvest and allow farmers to improve their profitability.”
Raven says AutoCart provides farmers the ability to monitor and operate a driverless tractor from the cab of the combine. A single grain cart driver can cover 340 hours in the tractor cab during harvest.
Raven notes it currently has two autonomous solutions being used in operations today, offering driverless spraying, seeding, spreading and grain cart functionalities.