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Autonomous John Deere tractor with vacuum peat moss harvester

NREC developed an add-on perception system for automating peat moss harvesting.

NREC integrated its add-on perception packages onto a team of three computer-controlled tractors developed by John Deere. These autonomous tractors were used in harvesting operations in a peat bog.

The robotic peat harvesting team was continuously tested for a full season, completing over 100 harvesting missions in a working peat bog. Their behavior imitated manual peat harvesting operations while maintaining a safe operating environment.

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