Kubota has unveiled a brand new concept tractor equipped with artificial intelligence and electrification technology.

The 'X-Tractor – Cross Tractor' is completely autonomous and is on display at a new product exhibition to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the company.

The new tractor is designed in response to some of the challenges facing Japan’s agricultural industry, including an ageing population, labour shortages and low operating efficiency. Kubota demonstrated the new machine at a new product exhibition held in Kyoto City on January 15-16, 2020.

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Key features of the concept tractor “X tractor – cross tractor”

  • Futuristic design
  • The autonomous and electrification technology realized advanced design by new construction designing concept.
  • Following and advancing of the identity of Kubota tractors, created smooth shape through awareness of environmental protection and harmony with natures.
  • Completely unmanned operation by AI
  • Based on various data such as weather data and growth rates, AI chooses the appropriate operation and makes actions timely. Our goal is to achieve a completely autonomous operation.
  • The environmental data obtained by tractors in operation can be automatically shared with other machines at site to realize centrally-managed efficient operation.
  • Full electrification achieves environmentally friendly farm operation
  • Based 100 per cent electric power by combination of lithium-ion batteries and solar batteries.
  • Full electrification contributes for zero emissions and reducing environmental loads.
  • One machine for diverse processes
  • The four-wheeled crawler achieves stable autonomous driving even on wet paddies and uneven terrains.
  • The four-wheeled crawler changes its shape to maintain the tractor height at the optimal level, thus performing in various processes. For the processes needing high traction, the contact area with the ground to be increased by lowering the tractor height in order to lower its centre of gravity. On the other hand, when operating above crops for their management, clearance from the ground to be adjusted by increasing the tractor height.
  • The in-wheel motor makes it possible to arbitrarily change the rotation speed of the four crawlers (front, rear, right, and left) to achieve a small turning radius for autonomous operation on various types of land.