SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 14, 2009 —Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today the latest additions to its Trimble® AgGPS® Autopilot™ platform kits for tractors, combines and sprayers, adding 110 new models of machines since August that are compatible with Trimble’s Autopilot system. This brings total machines compatible with the hydraulically-controlled automated steering system to more than 450 models and more than 18 brands. The Trimble Autopilot system, which can be ordered on new tractors or retrofitted to a farmer’s existing machine, connects directly to the vehicle’s steering hydraulics to automatically guide the vehicle for maximum precision and increased productivity.
The addition of these new platform kits allow farmers more freedom to outfit their existing equipment with technology they may already have on another vehicle. It also provides an affordable option to update their current vehicles with the latest guidance technology rather than purchasing new vehicles in today’s economy.
“Our system also offers greater flexibility for farmers to move their Autopilot system from one machine to another should they decide to change tractors in the future,” said Erik Arvesen, Trimble’s general manager of Agriculture. “This is a great option for farmers to adapt their existing steering system to whatever supported vehicle they are running, providing significant cost savings over purchasing a new vehicle. We use larger hoses and valves for better hydraulic flow and performance, creating less strain on the parts which can lower replacement costs. Also, all parts are designed by Trimble for unsurpassed quality and reliability.”
The Trimble Autopilot system connects directly to the vehicle’s power steering system. Using the in-cab display, farmer’s can select from straight, curve, pivot, and headland field patterns and view the system operating on screen. Once the Autopilot system lines up the vehicle at the beginning of a row, the automated steering guides the vehicle smoothly while the display provides visual feedback of the course. Trimble’s T3™ terrain compensation technology allows the Autopilot system to operate on slopes and rough terrain. Inertial measurement technology corrects for roll, pitch, and yaw to ensure that the vehicle is where the operator wants it to be, even on the roughest ground conditions.
For farmers who prefer the convenience and flexibility of steering-wheel mounted automated steering, rather than through their vehicle’s hydraulic system, Trimble’s EZ-Steer® 500 assisted steering system is now compatible with more than 26 vehicle brands . Since July, Trimble added another 125 supported vehicle models, bringing the total number of EZ-Steer compatible platforms to 850 vehicle models.
For a full list of supported Autopilot platforms or for more information on EZ-Steer system, go to the Trimble Website at www.trimble.com/agriculture/guidance.aspx.