“Our prototype shows how the agricultural sector can benefit from the automotive megatrends of connectivity, artificial intelligence, and automation,” says Mark Mohr, head of the Automated Operations project center at ZF. The experimental vehicle is based on the Lindner Lintrac 90, a compact tractor that ZF equipped with a range of intelligent mechanical systems. Thanks to the combination of cameras with lidar and radar sensors, whose signals are processed by the ZF Pro AI control platform that is capable of deep learning, this tractor now has a 360-degree, all-round view with person recognition, which is also connected to the driveline controller.
An additional GPS system connected to the steering and hydraulic system as well as the TMT09 continuously variable transmission from ZF make it possible to automate processes in the agricultural sector – processes that can even be activated via an app. The technology contained in this concept tractor opens the door to many innovative features.