Case IH may not yet be ready to put a retail price on the autonomous Magnum tractor it showed last year, which started the industry talking, but some of the technology from that concept vehicle is beginning to make its way into the brand’s existing line of tractors.
The software logic used in the guidance system of the autonomous Magnum project is now debuting as an advanced auto guidance feature called AccuTurn. It automatically controls the entire headland turn process, taking over control from operators. That ensures the tractor and implement are precisely aligned for a new pass after completing the turn.
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AccuTurn offers operators two settings, “automatic” and “turn now,” which allow for different levels of operator control. It can be configured to skip a pass or turn in a regular pass-to-pass mode.
“It all comes back to reduced operator strain,” said Leo Bose, Case IH’s AFS marketing manager, “especially when pulling larger and longer implements. Without the need to manually steer a tractor and potentially multiple implements, operators will be more alert to perform other end-of-row functions.”
AccuTurn will be an available option on the brand’s Steiger, Magnum, Optum, Puma and Maxxum tractors equipped with the necessary auto guidance equipment and the AFS Pro 700 display.