More and more we are starting to see equipment companies try their hand at autonomy.

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We saw this in late December when John Deere rolled out its fully automated tractor that was ready for large-scale production and that’s not where it ends.

On Tuesday, Case IH introduced to the agriculture industry its first autonomous spreader; the Trident 5550 applicator with Raven Autonomy. The company held its first public demonstration on the grounds of the Farm Progress Show in Boone Iowa.


Townsquare Media; Kailey Foster
Townsquare Media; Kailey Foster

Monte Weller, the Senior Director of Crop Production says the partnership between Case IH and Raven for this spreader helps meet the company’s future goals.

So, we are really looking at the opportunity for the value proposition to the customer for labor savings. There’s a big demand or need, for labor in the rural markets for growers as well as ag retailers. Not only that; we are looking to become more productive.

Townsquare Media; Kailey Foster
Townsquare Media; Kailey Foster

The Case IH Trident 5550 applicator with Raven Autonomy allows for one or more driverless machines in a field without a person needing to be in the cab.

The autonomy system uses 360-degree sensing capabilities to create a continuous stream of images that helps detect obstacles. Operators can remotely view the cameras through their mobile devices at any time.

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This first-to-the-market innovation is part of the Case IH autonomous concept vehicle launch in 2016 that began its priority on autonomous tractors.

The Trident Spreader was made quickly to the market meaning they developed the technology within 8 months. Weller adds that they will continue to build on the technology.

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