The Tractor As Smartphone

August 2020. From the perspective of software design a self-driving tractor is like a smartphone, says Mario Trapp, Professor of Computer Sciences and Head of Fraunhofer Institute of Cognitive Systems. He has been working within the Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation towards highly automated machines with the ultimate goal of autonomous driving systems. What means safety, if performance counts with agricultural applications? What are responsibilities of farmers using highly automated machines, even self-driving ones? On some key differences between manufactures of agromachines and digital service platforms. Photos visualize ICT challenges.

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