The German mixer wagon specialist will preview its first autonomous self-propelled version at Agritechnica. The basis for autonomous operation is a smart control system called Verti-Q, which we understand can be fitted to any of the company’s self-propelled Verti-Mix SF mixer wagons.

The result is a machine that can not only load and mix the tubs contents autonomously, but can also drive from the silage clamp to a livestock building, and feed the contents without a driver. GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) provides cm accuracy, with assistance from a laser scanner to determine the exact position at the clamp.

Fitted with inter-acting safety cameras and movement detection sensors, retaining the cab means the machine can be driven on the road. The first tests are planned for the medium-sized dairy herds sometime mid-2018.