Olds College acquires self-driving DOT platform

The DOT autonomous platform during a demonstration at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in September 2019.
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Olds College has acquired a DOT Power Platform for its Smart Farm.

The self-driving platform can be equipped with a variety of implements. In addition to the platform, the college has acquired a DOT Seeder-SeedMaster Ultra DSR, DOT Sprayer-Pattison Connect, and the DOT-ready New Leader NL5000 nutrient applicator.

“Our goal is to demonstrate how this leading-edge technology works and provide research results for producers to use to make informed decisions about how to incorporate this technology into their own operations,” said Joy Agnew, the college associate vice-president of applied research.  “And of course, our students will also benefit from working with and understanding autonomous technology.”

However, farmers won’t be able to see the unit in action this summer as the college has had to cancel AgSmart 2020 because of the pandemic.

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