Escorts has announced the launch of India’s first automated tractor. The driverless concept vehicle has been designed to meet the challenging requirements of the subcontinent’s agricultural industry and relied on technology partnerships with Microsoft, AVL and Bosch, among others.
Indian farming practices require extensive mechanisation and precision-based agro solutions to maximize output and improve farmer income. This is achieved by increasing technological solutions and digital interfaces to enable better cultivation information on soil health, seeds, water management.
A whole host of partners
Cloud and artificial intelligence technology for the vehicle was supplied by Microsoft; AVL provided electric driveline systems; guidance in meeting future emissions legislation was given by Bosch; WABCO provided assistance with vehicle controls and automation technology; and Agrimax tires were supplied by BKT.
Presenting the vehicle at an in-house event called Eslusive, Escorts chairman and managing director Nikhil Nanda said, “Last year we launched an electric compact tractor concept and this year we have pioneered an autonomous farming solution platform in association with seven strategic technology tie-ups which will transform agricultural practices for better returns to farmers.
“This event portrays Escorts’ commitment to continue to develop and launch technologies for national development and community elevation. Escorts is proud to have collaborated with Microsoft, Reliance Jio, Samvardhana Motherson Group, Bosch, Trimble, AVL, Tadano and WABCO to co-create technologies for autonomous agriculture and smart infrastructure.”