Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) was voted a Gold winner in the 2018 Edison Awards in April for its work in the development of the Autonomous Tractor Concept with CNH Industrial and its brands Case IH and New Holland Agriculture.
The Edison Awards, celebrating 31 years of honouring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, made the announcement at the April event at The Capitale in New York City.
ASI is the autonomous technology provider for CNH Industrial, parent company of Case IH and New Holland Agriculture and jointly announced the Autonomous Tractor Concept with those companies in late 2016.
The Autonomous Tractor Concept is a fully functioning large-scale autonomous tractor. It is capable of autonomous seeding, planting, and tillage for broad acre and row crop farming.
The vehicles are also capable of obstacle detection which will enhance safety in the agriculture industry. Recent developments have seen the technology deployed in pilot programs at two of the nation’s largest growers in California.
“Winning Gold in the Edison Awards further acknowledges ASI’s hard work and commitment to developing safe and efficient autonomous vehicle technology,” says Bret Turpin, project manager for ASI Agriculture.
Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world.
“Our judges recognized ASI as a true innovator out of the many products in its category,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.
The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.