Escorts Limited, a leading engineering company, unveiled its unique Automated Farming Solutions with the
launch of India’s first Automated Concept Tractor that brings the power of next
generation digital vehicle technologies aimed at precision-based farming. The tractor was unveiled at Esclusive 2018, Escorts’ annual innovation platform.
To be able to deliver this,
Escorts has collaborated with seven technology giants namely Microsoft,
Reliance Jio, Trimble, Samvardhana Motherson Group, Wabco, Bosch and AVL. The
partnerships and relationships will enable development of a range of farm
machines with electric transmissions, autonomous applications, remote vehicle
management, data-based soil and crop management, and sensor based guided farm
Escorts has collaborated with
AVL for electric driveline technology , with Trimble for sensors, controls,
water level management system and automated e-steering, with Samvardhana
Motherson Group for Smart Interface Cabins & Care Plus - a two-way voice
interface for real time service, with Wabco for Vehicle Controls &
Automation Technology, with Microsoft for its Cloud & AI technology
enabling precision agriculture capabilities to help farmers make informed
decisions and get more from their farms, Bosch for future emission readiness
and last but not the least, with Reliance Jio for enhancing farm machinery life
cycle with networked platform providing top-notch service and genuine spare
parts across the country.
Escorts also pioneered the
platform of Shared Services and Agri Solutions with ‘Escorts Crop Solutions’ to
offer end-to-end , state of the art equipment for paddy farming under
pay-per-use rental model, Traxi as a service platform to aggregate farm
equipment owners to rent out their equipment to small and marginal farmers, Smart
Parts to offer genuine parts and skilled service at an affordable price,
Digitrac as a front-end farmer interface for agri inputs and customized agri
information and Farm Power, to provide advanced implements and equipment for
efficient and productive farming.
Escorts through Esclusive
platform also showcased collaborated technology with Tadano for high-end cranes
under its newly announced Joint Venture, as well as launched high-end
locomotives brake electronic solutions, becoming first Indian company to do so.
Nikhil Nanda, Chairman and Managing Director, Escorts Ltd., said, “Esclusive is our annual innovation
platform which showcases unique innovations and disruptions in agriculture,
construction and railways segments in collaboration with global technology
players. Last year we launched world’s first electric compact tractor concept
and this year we have pioneered autonomous farming solution platform in
association with seven strategic technology tie-ups which will transform
agricultural practices for better returns to farmers. This event portrays
Escorts commitment to continue to develop and launch technologies for national
development and community elevation. Escorts is proud to have collaborated with
Microsoft, Reliance Jio, Samvardhana Motherson Group, Bosch, Trimble, AVL,
Tadano and Wabco to co-create technologies for autonomous agriculture and smart
Wabco Holdings Inc., the
leading global supplier of braking control systems and other advanced
technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial
vehicles, announced that it will present its prototype of the industry’s first
electric trailer developed to maximise operating efficiency and lower fuel
Wabco’s new electric trailer
equipped with an electric motor and its associated control system – named
eTrailer – marks the commercial vehicle industry’s first prototype that uniquely
connects truck and trailer vehicle controls.
eTrailer prototype uses an intelligent electric motor control to recuperate
electric energy during braking, which can then be reutilised to power the
vehicle’s traction or to operate onboard electric auxiliaries.
Commercial fleet operators
will be able to connect eTrailer to a truck equipped with Wabco’s intelligent
braking and stability control systems, which could maximize operating
efficiency of the truck-trailer combination. In addition, Wabco estimates that
its eTrailer could deliver fuel savings up to 20 percent on short haul routes
and up to 10 percent for long hauls.
“As a top-tier supplier, Wabco
is unique in providing trailer technologies that propel trailer and truck builders
into the future of vehicle electrification as exemplified by eTrailer,” said
Nick Rens, Wabco President, Trailer, Aftermarket, Digital Customer Services and
Off Highway Division. “This breakthrough demonstrates our differentiation by
connecting truck and trailer vehicle intelligence, and it confirms Wabco in
pole position as a development partner for electrification of trailers,
particularly within chassis and drivetrain component,” he added.
As of today, a tractor-trailer
equipped with efficiency-related technologies from WABCO’s portfolio of
industry-leading innovations can increase fuel economy up to 20 percent while
reducing emissions. These Wabco innovations include technologies such as
OptiFlow aerodynamics for trailers, OptiDrive automated manual transmission,
OptiRide electronically controlled air suspension, c-comp clutch compressor,
FuelGuard electronic air processing unit and OptiPace predictive economic
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