Doosan Bobcat Unveils Industry’s First Autonomous, Electric Articulating Tractor to Advance Ag Operations

Published on January 8, 2024

  • Bobcat AT450X enabled by Agtonomy maximizes farmers' productivity and precision  
  • Embedded-computing AI technology allows farmers to automate labor- and time-intensive tasks  
  • Electric, autonomous machine leverages AI to constantly learn and respond to its environment  
  • Capable of 24/7 operations with a swappable battery source  
  • Bobcat is accelerating the future of how work is done 
  • UpdateEarly-access pre-orders for the Bobcat AT450X enabled by Agtonomy are open now.

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 8, 2024) – At CES® 2024, Doosan Bobcat, Inc., unveiled the industry’s first autonomous and electric articulating tractor – the Bobcat AT450X enabled by Agtonomy.   

Strategic Partnership Combines Trusted Equipment with Emerging Technologies  

Doosan Bobcat, a global worksite solutions company within Doosan Group, and Agtonomy, a Silicon Valley-based, ag tech software company established a partnership in 2023 to develop autonomous equipment innovations that increase ag productivity and performance.   

“Our mission at Bobcat is to empower people to accomplish more. Through strategic partnerships with companies like Agtonomy, we are committed to advancing our worksite solutions to help solve our customers’ toughest challenges,” said Scott Park, Doosan Bobcat CEO and vice chairman. “By combining our proven equipment with the latest technologies, we are reinventing how work gets done.”  

Designed to Enhance Productivity, Safety and Farmer Profitability   

The battery-powered AT450X combines Bobcat’s tough and versatile articulating tractor with Agtonomy’s software and embedded-computing technology to support emissions-free and autonomous operation, thus allowing farmers to automate labor- and time-intensive tasks.   

The AT450X is designed to autonomously or remotely carry out critical farm tasks in compact applications, such as vineyards and orchards. Farmers can remotely direct the tractor to execute a wide range of tasks, including mowing, spraying, precision weeding, product and material transport and other labor-intensive activities.  

The machine leverages AI to constantly “learn” and dynamically react to its environment. For example, through vision-based systems, it can detect known and unknown objects to auto-stop operation if needed. It can also detect crop stems from weeds, for more precise spraying applications and reduced chemical usage.    

The Advanced Technology and Sustainable Design of the AT450X   

Capable of 24/7 operation, the AT450X can swap batteries when it needs to replenish its energy source. It does this by returning to its home base when its battery is low, switching to a fully charged battery and placing its drained battery back to its charging station.  

Because it produces zero emissions, the autonomous tractor can also be operated in food storage facilities and other enclosed farm structures. The battery-powered tractor can also lower operating and maintenance costs for owners. 

“By digitally transforming the equipment farmers know and trust, we can help them combat the daily challenges they face, such as labor constraints and the ever-increasing demand for sustainable farming practices in specialty crops,” said Tim Bucher, CEO and co-founder of Agtonomy. “The Bobcat AT450X with Agtonomy’s TeleFarmer™ technology makes the perfect end-to-end solution for agriculture and other industries allowing both companies to make a positive impact and that is what it is all about.”  

To operate, users plot the machine’s mission path via Agtonomy’s mobile application. This allows the end user to easily plan, execute and monitor jobs running on an unlimited number of connected machines simultaneously which can yield a positive ROI for owners.  

The AT450X can also navigate on slopes with attachments following the ground contour for professional results in one pass. Operators can control the machine to operate autonomously, via advanced remote control or manually, across various terrains.   

“With our company’s beginnings in agriculture, we have a strong connection to the land and an appreciation for the farmers who work long hours in a wide variety of conditions to feed the world,” said Joel Honeyman, Doosan Bobcat vice president of global innovation. “As we innovate for the worksites of tomorrow, solutions like the AT450X will help make farming more sustainable and efficient through digital advancements.”   

Visit Bobcat in the Las Vegas Convention Center West Hall (Booth #5941)  

The machine is on display during CES® 2024, the world’s most influential technology event, in the Doosan booth (LVCC, West Hall – 5941). Commercialization details will be announced at a later date.   

The partnership between Bobcat and Agtonomy goes beyond the AT450X, as the two companies are collaborating to create more innovative ways to increase productivity and performance across a range of Bobcat equipment and markets.    

Learn more about how Bobcat is transforming the industry through its innovation leadership. To learn more about Agtonomy, please visit agtonomy.com.   

About Bobcat Company   

Since 1958, Doosan Bobcat has empowered people to accomplish more. As a leading global manufacturer, Bobcat has a proud legacy of innovation, delivering smart solutions to customers’ toughest challenges. Backed by the support of a global dealership network, Bobcat offers an extensive line of worksite solutions, including loaders, excavators, tractors, utility vehicles, telehandlers, mowers, turf renovation equipment, light compaction, portable power, industrial air, forklifts and industrial vehicles, attachments, implements, parts and services.   

With its North American headquarters in West Fargo, North Dakota, Bobcat leads the industry with its innovative offerings designed to transform how the world works, builds cities and supports communities for a more sustainable future. The Bobcat brand is owned by Doosan Bobcat, Inc., a company within Doosan Group.  

About Agtonomy    

Agtonomy, based in south San Francisco and Sonoma County, is a leading software and services company specializing in advanced autonomous and AI solutions for agriculture. The company focuses on addressing the pressing challenges of labor scarcity, sustainability, and shrinking profit margins faced by farmers. With strategic partnerships with renowned equipment OEMs, including Bobcat, Agtonomy embeds "smarts'' in tractors and implements, driving digital transformation and offering commercial-scale solutions. The accomplished team combines expertise in product development, high-tech innovation, and agriculture, ensuring the delivery of transformative solutions. For more information about Agtonomy, please visit www.agtonomy.com.  

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