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Ongoing project

Demonstration of functional driverless tractor for Australian horticulture (AS17002)

Key research provider: Almond Board of Australia

What's it all about?

This investment is assessing the reliability, accuracy and cost-effectiveness of driverless tractor technology across a number of almond orchards in Australia, including the levy-funded Almond Centre of Excellence experimental and demonstration orchard (AL19000). This research will provide horticultural growers with the information they need to make investment decisions in the future on orchard technology such as driverless tractors.

The project team will assess the day-to-day performance of the driverless tractor over an extended period to measure its consistency and reliability under a range of duties and orchard conditions.

Almond orchard practices are common to many crops, so demonstration days will also be held for other industries such as olive, citrus and table grape.