It has the potential to revolutionise agriculture and since its unveiling last year has created a buzz around the world. Now Case IH’s Autonomous Concept Vehicle is coming to Australia for the first time.
The driverless concept vehicle, a cabless tractor that can operate autonomously with a wide range of field implements, made its debut last year at the United States’s biggest agricultural event, Farm Progress.
Australia’s equivalent event, AgQuip, is preparing to host the machine when it opens its gates at Gunnedah, NSW, from August 22-24.
‘‘The ACV is a glimpse into the future of agriculture and proof of the impact technology is having on our industry. No-one could have imagined a driverless tractor 10 years ago, but the ACV shows us that one day they could be a reality.
‘‘It’s the perfect example of the possibilities before us and the fact the next big revolution in agriculture could be just around the corner,’’ Case IH Australia New Zealand marketing manager Pete McCann said.
‘‘To be able to bring the ACV to Australia and show it to AgQuip visitors is very exciting for all of the Case IH team.’’
Initially created to demonstrate the available technology and initiate customer feedback on the need for future autonomous products, the ACV’s Australian visit tops off a huge year for Case IH.
Though the ACV will be the focal point for Case IH’s AgQuip site this year, the brand will also take the opportunity to celebrate its 175th anniversary with AgQuip visitors and mark the anniversaries of a number of its flagship machines, including the Patriot sprayer (25 years), the Steiger Quadtrac (20 years) and the Axial-Flow combine (40 years).
The ACV will be on display for the three days of the event. Visitors will be able to get up close to the vehicle and learn more about the ACV’s capabilities from Case IH representatives from the US.