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Automatic Guidance of a Tractor in a Vineyard
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Pp. 252-260 in Automation Technology for Off-Road Equipment, Proceedings of the July 26-27, 2002 Conference (Chicago, Illinois, USA) 701P0502.(doi:10.13031/2013.10014)
Authors: O. Yekutieli, F. Garbati Pegna
Keywords: Automatic guidance, Automation, Sensor arm, Tractor modeling "/>
The control of pests, diseases and weeds in vineyards is a time-consuming task that sometimes
exposes the operators to the danger of contamination with hazardous chemicals. For example, in
Tuscany tractor drivers have to go through the rows from 6 to 12 times each year, to execute the
necessary operations. A solution to these problems could be the use of automatically controlled
tractors, since a vineyard with its parallel rows of plants seems to be an appropriate place for
automatic guidance. In the present study, a device for automatic guidance of a crawler tractor was
developed through three stages: 1. Computer simulation to decide which control system and
sensors to choose. 2. Experiments with a model tractor.