Systems Requirements For a Small Autonomous Tractor

B. S Blackmore, S. Fountas, L. Tang, H. Have


This paper proposes some system requirements for a small autonomous tractor that
includes some physical attributes as well as behavioural traits in certain conditions or
contexts. The tractor should be physically small, lightweight, reliable, have good realtime
communication facilities and be managed easily, especially under fleet
management. Five internal and thirteen external contexts have been identified that can
be used to trigger different behaviours. Four operational modes for the tractor have
been identified. Field scouting and mechanical weeding have been identified and
described as the first two niche tasks likely to become autonomous.

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