IoT tech enables world's first connected tractor

October 24, 2018 //By Nick Flaherty
IoT tech enables world's first connected tractor
Standards group ETSI has shown the world’s first tractor connected to a car operating in Sophia Antipolis in France using technology from the Internet of Things (IoT).

Using technology from IoT provider Sensinov, the tractor sends a warning to road vehicles using an IoT communication protocol standardized by ETSI. Motorists are warned at a distance of 1km to avoid a collision.

Every year, almost 400 fatal accidents are caused in Europe by farm vehicles that are not clearly visible on the road, especially in rural areas. Drivers are surprised by tractors traveling at much lower speeds than their car, and occupying the entire width of the road, which means that the drivers cannot take evasive action or brake in time. Constructors of farm machinery are trying to mitigate these risks by halving the number of fatal accidents by 2035.

The demo on a tractor from John Deere in the US shows how the two vehicles communicate using visual and sound signals to give warning of their presence using the technology standard developed by ETSI’s oneM2M project.

The car uses the ITS G5 specifications with the EN 302 637-2 Cooperative Awareness Basic Service  and EN 302 637 Decentralized Environmental Notification Basic Service with the 802.11p V2V standard while the tractor uses the oneM2M protocols developed for IoT. All these to run on the Autotalks chipset with the tractor fieldbus using the ISO 11783 standard for IoT, says Dr Mahdi Ben Alaya, CEO of the technology provider Sensinov in Toulouse, France.

The oneM2M semantics and data model to enable the tractor to connect to the car and provide the interoperability between the automotive industry using the ETSI ITS standards and the agricultural equipment.

 “The European Commission wanted to improve road safety between farm vehicles and other vehicles. John Deere responded to this demand by equipping its tractors with modems,” said Christophe Gossard, Head of European Regulatory Affairs at John Deere. 


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