The Dot Power Platform is a mobile diesel-powered platform designed to work autonomously with a wide variety of implements commonly used in agriculture. Its U-shaped frame facilitates the direct loading of implements, so that, once loaded, the implement “becomes one” with the mobile powered platform.
Where did Dot come from?
Dot was built to perform a variety of tasks and is currently the largest agricultural robot in the world. The goal was to address labor shortages and to provide the ability to continue to thrive in the midst of rapid technology growth within the agriculture industry. As the designs evolved, it was realized that this concept could be used for a variety of applications and equipment types. This led to the development of the open "U" - a source of horsepower that could be utilized by any implement built to be Dot-Ready.
How does Dot perform a task autonomously?
The farmer begins by using a computer program and a GPS receiver to generate a boundary for each field. From the approach, around the headlands, avoiding sloughs, power poles and other obstacles, the path plan covers every foot of on-field movement to sub-inch accuracy. Once the boundary and obstacle information is loaded, the path plan quickly uploads to our software. The path plan must be farmer approved and can be altered at any time to satisfy changing field conditions.
How easy is it to operate?
In a word—very. Dot is operated utilizing a Winmate tablet that communicates to the Dot unit(s) through the cellular network. Dot can be run in full autonomous mode in fields or by remote control in yards or equipment sheds.
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