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Orchard Spraying
Contact: Thomas Gordon
Mailing address:
National Robotics Engineering Center
10 40th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)
Project Homepage
This page last updated - June 2010.
Overview
NREC converted a John Deere tractor into an autonomous vehicle for spraying water in orchards.


NREC developed a vehicle retrofit kit that allowed the tractor to operate without a human driver. Its software accurately estimated the vehicle’s position and enabled it to autonomously follow previously-driven paths.


The autonomous tractor sprayed water while following a seven kilometer long path through an orange orchard without any human intervention.