The autonomous control system used on the harvesters is the domestic development of the Cognitive Pilot company. Artificial intelligence technologies can reduce crop harvesting losses by 40%, as it determines the types and location of objects in the direction of travel, transmitting the necessary commands to perform maneuvers, 1rnd reported.
The introduction of unmanned technologies is part of the innovative Smart Farming project, aimed at the massive use of unmanned technologies and high-precision navigation in agriculture. The first people to test this technique were Herman Gref, President of Sberbank, and Vasily Golubev, Governor of the Rostov Region.
“The controls are quite simple, the most important thing is that as soon as you start it and turn on the automatic mode, then it does everything by itself, you have the opportunity to simply be present during this process … indeed, this harvester is like an airplane, like a helicopter in autopilot mode, when a pilot is simply present in a cockpit,” Gref said.
The presentation of the harvesters equipped with autonomous control took place in the Oktyabrsky district of the Rostov region. It is specified that the Cognitive Agro Pilot system, using neural networks, can autonomously control agricultural machinery, following a given path with an accuracy of 10 cm and avoiding obstacles. Its cost is comparable to the annual salary of a machine operator, so if it increases the productivity of a combine by 10-15%, then this will already pay off the expenses.