Volvo Trucks develops a truck to help the sugar harvestAutomotive News
Thanks to these vehicles, the harvest can be increased by up to ten tons per hectare each year.
The Swedish manufacturer has taken a step further in its research on autonomous driving by applying its technology to agricultural tasks. Volvo Trucks is testing mining operations and garbage collection and now it is doing so with the collection of sugarcane in Brazil. The prototype has made a great impression in its first contact in Maringá, municipality of Brazil in which the Usina Santa Terezinha Group produces sugar and ethanol, so that in summer it will go to the development phase.
The truck allows to transport the sugar cane collected in the fields without deviating more than 25 millimeters laterally, thus avoiding damage to the plantations that are in full growth. This has been achieved thanks to the technology of GPS receivers and double gyroscopes (IMU) that incorporates and allows to follow almost perfectly perfected coordinates previously established. It also incorporates a screen in the cabin so that the driver can visualize what happens around him at all times.
All of this technology allows for more abundant harvests of up to ten tonnes per hectare every year and increases the life cycle of the plantations: “Thanks to the solution of Volvo Trucks, we can increase productivity, not only for a single crop but for everything The life cycle of the sugarcane plant, which can last up to six years, “said Paulo Meneguetti, Finance and Contracting Director of Usina Santa Terezinha Group.
Currently, sugarcane is transported with manually controlled trucks, which makes the margin of error in the route is greater than the maximum lateral 25 millimeters that Volvo Trucks has established after the tests carried out. So these advances also have an impact on the work of drivers since they are facilitated. Of course, despite the fact that the truck incorporates autonomous driving, they can regulate the speed manually: “With this solution we will improve the safety and working conditions of their drivers, which in turn will make the work more attractive and It is easier to hire and maintain drivers, “said Wilson Lirmann, President of Volvo Latin America Group.
Volvo Trucks continues to focus on research and development in autonomous driving and, beyond developing new vehicles, the Swedish company is working on a map reading system through GPS technology that allows drivers to stay on course With greater precision but choose to control the trucks manually.
BY ÓSCAR MAYA- expansion – 06/08/2017 (Translation Soft)