An autonomous, solar-powered tractor

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Researchers have been investigating an autonomous, solar-powered tractor for weeding in diversified, organic, local vegetable production. Its autonomous operation makes the system ideally suited for its intended application, as it targets a primary cost: weeding labor. The tractor must be precise to reduce the chance of damage to high-value crops, but it does not need to be highly intelligent. The tractor is low power, which limits its ability to cause damage to external structures. The operating duration and frequency, combined with the expectations of the target customers, make electricity an excellent option for powering this machine.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationResource: Engineering and Technology for Sustainable World
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Engineering


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