With autonomous machines becoming increasingly prevalent in society, especially in agriculture, Seedmaster have revealed the latest in ag-bot technology.
Described by designers at Seedmaster as the “workhorse of tomorrow”, the DOT Power Platform is the latest autonomous vehicle to cause a stir.
The design prototype was revealed last year, 2017, with designers calling the DOT Power Platform a mobile diesel-powered platform designed to handle a large variety of implements commonly used in agriculture, mining and construction.
In fact, the DOT system is capable of performing up to 100 different tasks, with pinpoint precision. It can run around the clock with thanks to its 75gallon diesel tank and is estimated to save up to 20% on fuel and labour costs.
It not only has mounting arms, which can attach the desired tool attachment (such as seeders) through a remote control, but also smart wheels which can turn independently. It also has an electric and hydraulic guidance system, which prevents slippage.
The system is also equipped to communicate with multiple other DOT machines. The 4.25-tonne machine has a maximum speed of 12 miles per hour and a maximum weight capacity of 20 tonnes.
How it works -
To put it simply, the DOT Power Platform completes tasks autonomously, allowing operators to spend time on other practices.
It does this through a computer programme, which allows users to generate a path plan for each field/area. It is equipped to avoid obstacles and cover every inch of a location with pinpoint accuracy. Farmers can also map the land themselves, using drones or GPS, before uploading it to the DOT system.
What is impressive about the DOT, is that once the information on obstacles and field boundaries are loaded into the system, the development of a path plan takes only approximately 15 seconds. All path plans must be pre-approved by operators/farmers and can be altered at any time to cope with changing conditions. The DOT is operated using a Windows Surface Pro tablet, equipped to communicate with the DOT unit over a local network. It is able to transfer data to and from the DOT without any delay issues.
DOT can be run in full autonomous mode in fields or by remote control in yards or equipment sheds. It has a U-shaped frame, which facilitates the direct loading of implements. This means that the implement, once loaded, “becomes one” with the mobile powered platform.
The system has short and long-range sensors which make the power platform more accurate and attentive than any farmer. The DOT is constantly processing data and taking images of the environment around it, while it is also capable of making decisions. If it is unsure how to continue its work, farmers will receive an alert notification on their tablet.
Check out the DOT system in action below!
For further information on the DOT Power Platform, see here.