Juan García Mansilla, Marcos Madia, Ezequiel Castro (Argentina)
DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK
Our vision for 2040 is a planet with increasingly cultivated areas in a vast range of climates and regions. Population growth coupled with the unpredictability of climate change will demand more efficiency and flexibility with minimal environmental impact. Soil compression will continue to worsen with this bigger geographic dispersion. This environment will require fast response systems that adapt to a changing scenario on the fly.
MOD² focuses on delivering that much needed operating flexibility. This modular system is built from one base unit that can be attached to others, allowing different configurations that suit different purposes with different power demands. Through scalability, MOD² can work as several small tractors performing simultaneous low power tasks or a big tractor performing one high intensity operation. Adaptability is the best way to tackle an environment that is continuously changing.
While the unit can perform numerous tasks autonomously, some tasks will continue to require direct human supervision. After all, no one knows the farm better than a farmer. For these cases, the operator can be outfitted with a Virtual Reality Controller allowing direct supervision and control both remotely or on site. This significantly enhances the unit’s operational capabilities while reinforcing the bond between man and machine.
On the environmental side, the concept features an energy-efficient closed loop with a renewable energy fed charging dock. To tackle the issue of soil compaction, MOD² uses a variable width traction system that allows it to better distribute its weight on soft terrain. A scalable platform also means not using something big to do something small, further contributing to lessen soil compaction.
Overall our objective with MOD² was to create a platform that could adapt to tasks both big and small, simple and complex. We believe adaptability is key to tackle whatever the future may bring.