What would be if farmers would become computer operators who just supervise the robots capable of working the land without the tractor’s operator intervention?
The robots capable of doing autonomous activities in agriculture already exist and are prepared to take on much of the responsibility of a tractor operator.
Tractobot is a project developed by Kyler Laird. Kyler started publishing information about the autonomous tractor as early as 2016, and the first thing he developed was an algorithm able to change the direction of the tractor.
The project has gone through many stages of development. One of the steps that led to the creation of an autonomous tractor was the use of the ROS framework.
Tractobot is already capable of going straight, turning, and manage the tools used in agricultural activities to work the land.
Besides the fact that the project itself consists of transforming normal tractors into robots, the total cost of conversion is quite small. Total costs are around $ 2,000, which is very cheap for such a project.
The biggest costs are for the GPS modules, Raspberry Pi and Arduino Nano.
You can see all the Tractobot variants on Kyler Laird’s YouTube channel.
The whole story of the Tractobot project is here.