Voice from the Middle

Runs Like a . . . Driverless Deer?

I read an interesting statistic lately about driverless vehicles — especially interesting to those of us in mid-America.

Do you know who the biggest producer (by volume) is?

John Deere.

This John Deere combine is used to harvest field corn and soybeans.

It makes sense. John Deere has been working on smart machines and implements since the 1990’s, and they’ve learned a thing or two in the last 20 years.

It appears John Deere learned that in order to create an autonomous vehicle, their machines have to sense everything a human would. Once the vehicle does this, there are complications to the sensors, such as dust and rain.

None of John Deere’s products are completely self-driving yet, but they seem to lead the production so far. Interesting.


By Debra Happe

Debra Happe is a writer and marketing professional based in Des Moines, Iowa. Debra does business, magazine, and freelance copywriting work. Specialties include science-based, environmental, and technological. Connect on LinkedIn for professional inquiries.

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