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John Deere Doubles Down on Silicon Valley and Robots


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John Deere Doubles Down on Silicon Valley and Robots

While some tractors are already capable of following GPS-guided paths autonomously, Bear Flags tech removes a person from the tractor cab entirely.

John Deere recently announced that it would acquire Bear Flag Robotics, a Silicon Valley startup that makes fully autonomous tractors for farms, for $250 million. Bear Flag retrofits regular tractors with sensors, control systems, computers, and communications systems needed to operate autonomously.

The company's tech, which uses lidar and computer vision not only to navigate but also to analyze the soil behind a tractor, lets a lone farmer remotely oversee a fleet of robot tractors autonomously tilling a field.

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