India-headquartered equipment giant, Escorts Group, has revealed a concept model of an automated tractor. Seven international business and technology giants – Microsoft (US), Reliance Jio (India), Trimble (US), Samvardhana Motherson Group (India), Wabco (Belgium), Bosch (Germany), and AVL (Austria) – have collaborated with Escorts on the project.

AVL and Escorts worked on the tractor’s electric driveline technology, while Trimble delivered services related to sensors, controls, water level management systems, and automated e-steering. Samvardhana Motherson Group provided smart interface cabins and Care Plus, a two-way voice interface that offers real-time service.

Wabco provided the tractor’s vehicle controls and automation technology, while Microsoft delivered artificial intelligence and cloud technology. Bosch’s services were used for future emission readiness. The driverless tractor is also fitted with BKT-branded radial Agrimax tyres.

Reliance Jio, led by Mukesh Ambani – the world’s richest person outside North America and Europe – provided a networked platform that delivers genuine spare parts across the country for the tractor.

Indian agricultural and farming practices are expected to benefit from the precision-based agro technologies that are growing globally, due to the resource savings and increased output and earnings they offer to farmers. Nikhil Nanda, chairman and managing director of Escorts Group, underscored these benefits whilst commenting on the automated tractor.

He continued: “Last year, we launched world’s first electric compact tractor concept.

“This year, we have pioneered autonomous farming solution platform in association with seven strategic technology tie-ups which will transform agricultural practices for better returns to farmers,” he added, according to Construction Week’s sister website, PMV Middle East.

Escorts Group is among India’s largest equipment manufacturers, and operates in the agri machinery, construction, and railway segments.

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