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John Deere Doubles Down on Silicon Valley and Robots

By Wired

August 9, 2021

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John Deere recently announced that it would acquire Bear Flag Robotics, a Silicon Valley startup that makes fully autonomous tractors for farms, for $250 million. Bear Flag retrofits regular tractors with sensors, control systems, computers, and communications systems needed to operate autonomously.

The company's tech, which uses lidar and computer vision not only to navigate but also to analyze the soil behind a tractor, lets a lone farmer remotely oversee a fleet of robot tractors autonomously tilling a field.

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