Jens Berger, Uwe Meisel (Germany)
CENTAUR is a modular vehicle that meets all requirements of a regular tractor while at the same time offering the highest possible degree of suitability for daily use. The vehicle provides ideal driving qualities on every terrain through sophisticated suspension and tire technology.
DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK
Farming vehicles are highly specialized machines that represent an enormous investment for farmers. During several months though tractors can hardly be put to good use and remain parked in the shed. The concept CENTAUR a farming vehicle that offers considerably more application possibilities than a regular tractor without making any compromises regarding its agricultural main functions. It is a hybrid that allows it to be used as an everyday car. So it is able to master both, the challenges of road and field surfaces thanks to its adaptive chassis and innovative transformable tire system. The CENTAUR system does not necessarily have to be steered by a human driver sitting in the driver’s cabin. The chassis can be remotely controlled and also drive autonomously as a single unit or as part of an automated group of vehicles. The farmer’s job is evolving into a managerial profession that requires centralized control of huge agricultural areas and thus to cover long distances in order to get to the field. Creating a vehicle that takes this aspect into consideration was the focal point of our concept.