All operators know that not all fields are created equal. In some instances, there will be nice even, clean stands while other may have washouts, missing crop and excessive weeds pressure. In these situations, AutoTrac™ Vision system will fall back on the GPS to keep the vehicle in the row. With AutoTrac Vision, the camera is the first priority, when the camera does not have confidence in the row crop due to crop stand or slope in the land, it will fall back on GPS. Once crop is detected and the camera has confidence in performance it will engage AutoTrac Vision.
Operators will now have the ability to choose to operate with both sensors when applying in later-season corn (Vision and RowSense). The system will use Vision first for priority and then fall back to RowSense if Vision confidence is lower than optimal operating range. This is called RowSense fallback. If confidence is low on AutoTrac Vision and RowSense, the system defaults to GPS using the operator’s guidance line.
The sprayer operator will have the opportunity to see a live AutoTrac Vision feed on the GreenStar™ 2630 Display. This will include an overlay with informative graphics to indicate how well AutoTrac is performing and if the wheels are centered in the crop row.
- Camera icon
- Boom icon
- Row-spacing icon
- RowSense icon
- Camera feed
- Row center indicator
- Wheel center indicator
- Crop row indicator
With AutoTrac RowSense system, the row sensors are the first priority when it comes to guiding the machine down the row. As long as the sensors detect the corn plants, these inputs will be provided to the AutoTrac system and the machine will follow the row. In other instances, where the sensors are not detecting crop rows due to missing plants, the system will quickly switch to GPS-only guidance until good, stable rows are detected again.
For example, crop stands following a wet spring may have uneven stands and areas where the corn was drowned out. While spraying, as the machine crosses into the washed out areas the system will detect that crop is missing and will quickly switch to GPS-only mode to guide the sprayer across the troubled area and into the correct row on the other side. When harvesting and crossing a passable waterway, the system will behave similarly guiding the combine or self-propelled forage harvester (SPFH) into the proper row on the other side. In either situation, staying on the correct row maximizes efficiency in the field. GPS fusion ensures the operator follows the correct row even when conditions get tough.