Autonomous GX from Daedong

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Daedong has launched its first-ever GX Series autonomous mid-sized tractor series, engineered for the premium market, both in South Korea and abroad. The tractor operates either with a driver, or autonomously.

Daedong’s future agtech platform launched its new GX series of premium mid-sized tractors in the 60-70 horsepower range. The company invested close to KRW 20 billion (USD 14.5 million) over four years to develop a new range of tractors for the ag machinery market in Korea, as well as for the worldwide utility tractor (60-80 horsepower range) market. Very much in line with the latest trends worldwide demanding higher efficiency and user convenience, the GX series features various user-friendly, hi-tech and ergonomically designed functions.

Daedong launches the mid-sized tractor simultaneously worldwide. The company expects to sell more than 1,000 units per year in Korea. It will make a strong push in the North American and European utility tractor markets. Starting in April 2024, Daedong plans on rolling out the GX5910 (58.3hp), GX6710 (66.4hp), and GX7510 (73.1hp), and overseas as RX6640 (66.4hp) and RX7340 (73.1hp), which come with slightly different engine specs and options, in Korea.

Notable features include user-friendly operational functions, ergonomic design, and upgraded remote control functions. In terms of user-friendly operational functions, the GX provides a three-level autonomous work function (optional) that allows the tractor to drive forward, turn, and execute tasks autonomously, which helps improve work efficiency markedly. With the GX series now available, Daedong has a broader lineup of autonomous tractors from its large-sized HX tractors to medium-sized GX tractors.

Easier driving and a variety of controls are also advantages the GX series has to offer. It has the “Power Shift (P-Shift)” function, which allows to shift quicker and easier using either the P-Shift buttons or the accelerator without having to manipulate gears manually. The GX also comes with a “Comfort Clutch,” which prevents sudden and jerky starts. The tractor gets off the line at a constant speed regardless of clutch engagement. Meanwhile, the “EASY STOP” function stops the GX using its brakes and without having to operate the clutch. In terms of top speed, the GX can reach up to 38.5 km/h. Lifting force is 25% higher than the previous medium-sized tractor, the RX series.

Daedong focused on maximizing ride comfort and visibility. Noise and vibration were reduced by 11% and 50%, respectively, thanks to air suspension seats, an improved structure that is vibration-proof, and the use of stronger sound-absorbing materials. Moreover, an electronic automatic air conditioning system is installed.

The LED headlamps and tail lamps add a premium look to the tractor while also improving night-time visibility for workers.

The interior was designed with a 5-post cabin (five glass windows) for easy ventilation and door opening, and an arched front window as well as a large transparent sunroof to ensure maximum visibility while taking into account the need to inspect the front loader frequently. In addition, various levers and switches are concentrated on the right-hand side to keep them organized and easier to use.

Finally, the GX comes with upgraded remote control functions. Daedong uses its agricultural solution platform “Daedong Connect” app to provide vehicle control (home function), remote control, vehicle management, work log, safe zone, emergency call, parts commerce and smart (remote) diagnostics functions to control, maintain, and inspect the tractor from a distance.

Here, the Smart Remote Diagnostics Service, will allow Daedong service technicians to perform primary diagnostics remotely before visiting the customer in case of breakdown. Having Daedong’s own technicians inspect equipment with the Smart Remote Diagnostics Service before it breaks down, can help customers minimize repair time and cost/losses. The GX series also features a smart key (included as standard) and telematics such as remote ignition and air conditioning control.

Executing various tasks autonomously is possible without an operator to drive or control its work. Daedong enables autonomous operations using a redundant Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) system, which enables ultra-precision autonomous driving and 24-hour uninterrupted autonomous driving without any instability in receiving locational information. Moreover, the system provides ultra-precise locational information to the combine, allowing it to work with greater precision day and night. The positioning error is less than 2cm when stopped and a maximum of 7cm when following the work route. Autonomous agricultural equipment is expected to improve work efficiency while minimizing farmer fatigue going forward.

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