Unveiled: world’s first driverless farming equipment
Farb Guidance Systems of Post Falls developed a new guidance system technology that transforms farming equipment by removing the operator from the machine.
Instead, the equipment is driven completely by a computerized guidance system and monitored through a smartphone from anywhere in the world.
Brandon Smith, Farb Guidance Systems’ vice-president, presented the new technology during the Idaho Technology Council’s inaugural Capitol Connect Conference in Boise.
“Be it across the road, or across the world, farmers can now take command and control of their equipment without being on the machine,” Smith said, during the conference. “Farmers and their families can have the quality life that they have earned and deserved with the assistance of Farb Guidance Systems’ computerized guidance technology.”
During Smith’s presentation to a group of prominent potential investors, Smith revealed the first platform, the FGS-1, which is a Caterpiller Skid Steer (pictured) that now includes the company’s innovative guidance system.
“With the ability to remotely farm their land, farmers will see a greater return both financially and personally…and will realize a number of leading edge advantages,” Smith told the group.
Dave Farb, founder and president of Farb Guidance Systems, further explained the product’s “management by exception” capabilities.
“If the machine gets into a situation that it can’t handle, it sends notification and asks for instruction,” Farb said. “We give farmers the freedom to monitor their land and farm the land the way they want, from wherever they want, through the latest technology. When one or multiple units are in the field, farmers will realize they can see a greater return on generations of hard work.”
Farb Guidance Systems Inc. was formed in 2012 with the purpose of developing, manufacturing and marketing the next generation of machine guidance technology for agriculture: agricultural machinery that drives itself.