Called the X-Tractor, Kubota recently revealed its latest concept tractor.
Unveiled at a product exhibition in Kyoto City, Japan, the tractor is fully electric and autonomous. There has been no word yet on power outputs, but it uses a combination of lithium-ion batteries and solar panels across its ‘bonnet’, according to the manufacturer.
Power is put to the ground via four tracks, which can change shape to alter the ground pressure exerted. Other intelligent features include the height of the tractor changing, to lower the centre of gravity and increase traction, as well as artificial intelligence, which uses weather data and growth rates to determine the appropriate time sensitive operation.
The tractor which was launched to coincide with the company’s 130th anniversary was designed in response to some of the challenges facing Japan’s agricultural industry, including an ageing population, labour shortages and low operating efficiency, says the firm.
“In Japan, while an increasing number of farmers retire due to ageing, the average scale of farming continues to grow as a result of the contracting out of farm operations and the accumulation of farmland for efficient management. In order to address the challenges which farmers are facing such as labour shortage and low operating efficiency, it is urgently necessary to introduce smart farming,” says the company.
This year also marks half a century after it exhibited its first concept tractor at the Japan World Exposition held in Osaka in 1970, called the ’Dream Tractor’ it was said to have advanced technologies at the time such as superior functionality, great driver comfort and easier operation.