Vision based steering system for controlling a row crop cultivator or a sprayer.
By using a FP Vision-System the cultivating or spraying becomes easy. The computer controls a hydraulic cylinder which operates on the steering wheels of the cultivator or spraying machine.
In this way the driver can relax and just steer the tractor loosely between the row of plants, the vision system makes sure that the cultivator or sprayer stays exactly on the right track operating safely without damaging the plants.
The vision control can even keep the cultivator or sprayer in position on a sloping ground.
The system consists of 3 parts:
- Computer with camera which is mounted on the chassis of the cultivator directly above the plant row. The advanced software calculates the position of the plants and generates the necessary control signals.
- Hydraulic cylinder and proportional valve.
- Operating panel with control buttons and display in the cabin of the tractor.
If the vision system is fitted on two or tree 12-row cultivators, 24 or 36 rows of plants can be done at a time.