Farmers showcase Kinze’s autonomous harvest system
The technology for Kinze Autonomy was originally developed in a laboratory setting using computer simulation. Kinze engineers partnered with Jaybridge Robotics, a firm in Cambridge, Mass., to develop the autonomy software and to test and refine the system in the field. Since its debut last year, the product has been fine-tuned in a number of areas, with a focus on its real-time path planning software, which has the ability to dynamically determine the optimum path and avoid obstacles as they arise. Additionally, a tablet computer in the combine cab features a new user interface for the operator that allows him or her complete control of the system.
Safety has been a top priority since the inception of the system, and Kinze has performed extensive obstacle detection testing to ensure the accuracy and safety of the autonomous equipment. Beginning in a laboratory environment and continuing in the field, Kinze engineers simulated real-world scenarios to ensure the equipment would detect objects often encountered in the field, such as fence posts, stand pipes, farm animals and other vehicles. The result is an autonomous system with a very high level of obstacle detection and avoidance.