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An Assessment of the Control and Safety Needs of Autonomous Agricultural Vehicles and Implement Systems on Farm Property
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Pp. 422-431 in Automation Technology for Off-Road Equipment, Proceedings of the July 26-27, 2002 Conference (Chicago, Illinois, USA) 701P0502.(doi:10.13031/2013.10032)
Authors: W. S. Reid
Keywords: Tractor, Automatic control, Autonomous, Safety, Control, GPS, Fiber Optic Gyroscope, Drive by wire, Guide by wire, Fuzzy logic, Field, Farmstead
The progress that has been made so far in all aspects of tractor, implement control is hard to
believe and yet the completely autonomous tractor, implement system that can work on
contiguous farm property is still a long way from reality. This is primarily related to safety,
control and cost concerns. This paper highlights some of these concerns, as well as, possible
solutions. The aim should be to develop systems that are acceptable from safety and control
aspects first, cost reduction can be tackled at a later stage. Safety of the tractor, implement
system with respect to mobile and immobile animate and inanimate objects is paramount,
anywhere on the farmstead. Each location, in and around the yard, from yard to field and in the
field represent specific problems with respect to control and safety and these are highlighted.