Homebred agriculture machinery manufacturer Escorts on Wednesday announced to join hands with seven tech giants –Microsoft, Reliance Jio, Trimble, Samvardhana Motherson Group, WABCO, Bosch and AVL -- to introduce a new concept tractor for precision based autonomous farming.
The new launch took place during the company's annual innovation platform Esclusive 2018.
Leveraging technologies from the seven tech giants will allow Escorts to develop farm machines with electric transmissions, autonomous applications, remote vehicle management and data based soil and crop management alongside sensor based guided farm applications.
Indian agricultural and farming practices require mechanisation and precision based agro-solutions to help farmers get maximum output. Escorts has also collaborated with AVL for electric driveline technology, with Trimble for sensors, controls, water level management systems and automated e-steering. Samvardhana Motherson Group will provide Smart Interface Cabins and CarePlus (a two-way voice interface for real-time service). WABCO will provide vehicular controls and automation technology and Microsoft with its Cloud intelligence will help farmers make informed decisions.
Reliance Jio will provide a networking platform for top-notch customer service and for spare parts. In addition to this, Escorts has also launched a shared platform service for farm equipment with Escorts Crop Solutions to offer end-to-end state of the art equipment for paddy farmers, under an pay-per-use service.
“Escorts is committed to develop and launch technologies for national development and community elevation. Escorts is proud to have collaborated with Microsoft, Reliance Jio, Trimble, Samvardhana Motherson Group, WABCO, Bosch and AVL to co-create technologies for autonomous agriculture and smart infrastructure,” said Nikhil Nanda, Chairman and Managing Director, Escorts.