On Dec. 13, LS Group’s industrial machinery and advanced parts manufacturer LS Mtron announced the company had showcased its autonomous tractor performing field work in an onion farming demonstration for the Hamyang-gun Agricultural Robot Aid Project, following the delivery of 5 units of the autonomous tractor MT7 SmarTrek as the company continues to expand its autonomous farming business.

The event, held Dec. 7, was attended by 50 participants from the Korea Agriculture Technology Promotion Agency and the local government of Hamyang-gun, and a demonstration was held to share progress in the Hamyang-gun Agricultural Robot Verification Aid Project. The demonstration showcased the autonomous tractor MT7 SmarTrek, delivered by LS Mtron, performing farm work such as deep plowing.

LS Mtron showed that rotary work over the field (around 427,000 square feet) was performed in 21 minutes, which was an approximately 30% reduction compared to 30 minutes with traditional tractors.

The MT7 SmarTrek autonomous tractor is the first commercial autonomous tractor in Korea that is being sold to public institutions, Nonghyup, and other general farmers. It can autonomously drive forward/backward and connect to other agricultural machinery without much operation. It has level 3 autonomy in terms of forward movement, rotation, and machinery control, and includes an obstacle detection feature. 

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