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Trimble Adds Curves to AgGPS Autopilot Automated Steering System

MOULTRIE, Ga., Oct. 19, 2004 -- Trimble introduced today its AgGPS® Autopilot™ automated steering system to growers who farm on contours or simply want to follow the lay of their land. With the addition of contour farming ("curves") and headlands to the existing support of straight lines and pivots, the Trimble AgGPS Autopilot is a complete auto guidance solution.
The announcement was made today at the Sunbelt Expo.
Trimble will release the latest Autopilot firmware that includes support for curves and headlands along with pivot patterns and straight line patterns on November 1, 2004. The new release will be available to Autopilot users with the RTK, HP or DGPS systems.
The Trimble AgGPS Autopilot system calculates the curved swath automatically and drives the swath, all to within inches, after driving and recording the first curve in the field. Two different types of curved patterns have been added—identical and adaptive curves. Identical curves, created from the first curve driven, and adaptive curves, created from the last path driven. Adaptive curve patterns neatly combine automated steering and obstacle avoidance.
Headlands, like curves, can be used in two different ways—the standard headland patterns or a round pattern to the center of the field.
The AgGPS Autopilot system connects to a tractor's hydraulic power steering system and automatically steers the tractor to virtually any path. Trimble offers a full range of AgGPS Autopilot systems to meet a farmer's needs and budget and allows a quick return on investment. A full upgrade to the AgGPS Autopilot system from the affordable Trimble AgGPS EZ-Guide® Plus is expected to be available in early 2005.
For more information, please contact a local authorized Trimble dealer. Call 1-800-865-7438 or visit to locate a dealer.
About Trimble
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, agricultural 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.

Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808

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