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Question of the week
Manitoba wheat farmer Matt Reimer has turned a tractor right into a fully-autonomous drone utilizing a Pixhawk, ArduRover and his personal ingenuity. Matt’s innovation has saved him greater than $5,000 in labor prices this yr, whereas not eliminating any jobs—as an alternative, it made his staff extra productive.
His innovation appeals to neighboring farmers, who already use tractors with autonomous steering, and Matt sees elevated autonomy as heralding an unlimited change for the agricultural business. In reality, he figures he’ll quickly have the ability to promote his system to different farmers round him. And who is aware of, since he’s thus far out in entrance of adoption, he may even be capable of give up his day job, or a minimum of hand it over. I’ll quickly element the entire story on the 3DR weblog.