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Trimble AgGPS Autopilot System Now Available on Five New Vehicle Platforms
Trimble GPS Automatically Guides Tractors to Improve Productivity
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 13, 2003 -- High-tech farming just became more accessible with the introduction of five new vehicle platforms for Trimble's (NASDAQ:TRMB) AgGPS® Autopilot system. The automated steering system is now available for the CASE IH 92x0 and 93x0 4WD articulated tractors, John Deere 4710 sprayer, 9000 4WD articulated tractor and 8x20 wheeled tractor with Independent Link Suspension. The automated steering system uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to guide agriculture vehicles in consistent rows for tilling, spraying and applying fertilizers.
The AgGPS Autopilot system saves time and money. It reduces driver fatigue, eliminates guess rows, reduces compaction, and allows around-the-clock operations. Most importantly, the system increases efficiency to lower the net cost per acre.
"The major thrust of the Autopilot system is directed at increasing the productivity of the operator and the machine they use," said Alan Townsend, vice president and general manger of Trimble's Field Solutions Division. "With the availability of AgGPS Autopilot system on five new platforms, advanced autosteer technology is now accessible to farmers for a wider range of agriculture vehicles."
Trimble's AgGPS Autopilot system easily connects to the vehicle's steering system to automatically guide it in consistent rows, pass after pass. A lightbar or field computer inside the cab allows the operator to select field patterns and display operating parameters. The in-cab display is also used to guide the tractor on path at the beginning of a row. Once on a row, the driver engages the AgGPS Autopilot system with the touch of a button to perform and oversee field operations.
The driver, with hands-free operation, can concentrate on the task at hand such as planting or material application, rather than driving and the task. Automated steering allows machines to operate more hours in a day with considerably less stress on the operator. This technology breakthrough translates into increased productivity for the farmer through more efficient utilization of tractors and extended working hours.
The AgGPS Autopilot system is available through Trimble's Agriculture reseller network.
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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