EQUIPMENT NEWS
An Idea for Autonomous Implements
Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:47 PM CST

The Spirit autonomous tractor emerged unexpectedly at a farm show a year ago. The modular, driverless tractor attracted lots of attention for its inventor Terry Anderson. More than 1,000 requests for the tractor from farmers in the U.S. and around the world poured in to Anderson and the Autonomous Tractor Corp., located at St. Michael, Minn.

But instead of building tractors to meet this demand, Anderson and the company switched its focus to implements. The autonomous tractor was obsolete.

"There's no future in tractors," Anderson insists. "What was an autonomous tractor going to ...

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