Raven debuts autonomous platform

DOT Antonomous
Raven’s autonomous DOT Power Platform spreads phosphorus and potassium during a demonstration at the Farm Progress Show last month. The U-shaped platform can also be utilized with a small grains seeder or sprayer. PHOTO / TOM BLOCK

While many exhibitors were packing up to leave at the conclusion of this year’s Farm Progress Virtual Experience demonstrations, a driverless silver im­plement took off through a freshly harvested cornfield.

But Raven’s DOT Power Platform robot wasn’t going rogue. It was demonstrating its capabilities to perform farm tasks like seeding, spraying and spreading fertilizer autonomously.

“It knows what it’s doing,” said Kyle Mensen, lead test engineer on the Raven DOT project. “It knows its surroundings, so you can trust...

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