Self-driving tractors are becoming more and more common as technology firms its grip on the agricultural sector.
The latest self-driving tractor to cause a stir is the design for the remote-controlled Valtra H202.
Details and how it will work -
The Valtra H202 is a self-driving tractor which will be controlled by an APP and powered by hydrogen.
The designer, Lorenzo Mariotti, says the hydrogen could be produced using methane from the farm. The tractor will be charged on site with plugs or via wireless inductive charging, according to the designer.
“One of the most important themes is the environment attention. Reducing the environment footprint of these working machines could reduce the amount of resources needed to produce food.” Lorenzo Mariotti said.
“For the H202 I have chosen hydrogen fuel cell with electric power train. Electric engine has a huge constant torque, it’s clean and requires less maintenance, making it a good successor for diesel engines. H202 is equipped with fuel cell that produces electricity from hydrogen.” He continued.
Once the design is complete, the tractor will be equipped to take on work in fields at night, with zero supervision! It is hoped that this will be possible by the year 2040. The tractor’s autonomous driving will also enable it to carry out complex and repetitive tasks uninterrupted.
As mentioned the H202 will be powered by Hydrogen, with hydrogen fuel cells creating energy to power the motor. Hydrogen and oxygen are mixed in treated plates which are then combined to form a fuel cell stack. The oxygen is collected via air intake systems, while hydrogen will be stored in aluminum fuel tanks which feature and automatic seal to stop leaks.
The H202 will also feature Oled lights and lasers, advanced active safety AND remote management. The design will also be much safer than other tractors, as it will be able to take over the control of the vehicle from the operator in dangerous situations.
The designer has called the tractor an “evolution” of previous forms of tractors.
“The design is an evolution of the archetypal form of the tractor, making it immediately recognisable.” Lorenzo concluded.
Video and Pictures Credit- Lorenzo Mariotti.