April 19, 2021

TrimbleHorsch400x275HORSCH and Trimble have announced a collaboration that will focus on developing solutions to enable autonomy in agriculture with the goal of building a future for autonomous machines and workflows in the industry. The collaboration will extend beyond autonomously controlling machines, such as a self-propelled crop protection sprayer, to full workflow automation from the office to the field. The relationship will integrate Trimble’s autonomy expertise in guidance systems, path planning and in-field automation with HORSCH’s fleet of machines.

The first phase will bring automation to the planning, machine control and logistical challenges faced by sprayer operators to improve machine performance and reduce operating errors, the companies said in a statement. This functionality can significantly reduce a driver’s workload, while still allowing them to intervene at any time.

The companies said they are also currently implementing a high level of automation and driver support with steering systems. This lets drivers perform additional in-cab tasks during active fieldwork, such as the required documentation, planning, and coordination of work processes.

“Combining the forward-thinking nature of HORSCH with Trimble’s cutting-edge autonomous technology creates an opportunity for the companies to develop innovative applications for the OEM and Trimble’s agriculture network,” said Finlay Wood, business area director for Trimble Autonomous Solutions. “We are building new customer-focused solutions as part of our existing connected farm ecosystem to deliver a unique and compelling solution for our customers – simplifying the complex, logistical and operational challenges of modern agriculture.”

Theo Leeb, managing director for HORSCH, said the collaboration moves towards autonomy in a pragmatic, consistent manner. “We consider automation in agriculture to be one of our next key technologies, and our goal is to ultimately deliver a platform of various applications to help farmers meet the challenges of the future.”

For more details on HORSCH, visit its website. Trimble’s Agriculture Division has more details at its website.