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Design and Implementation of a GPS Guidance System for Agricultural Tractors Using Augmented Reality Technology
R&D Department, Agroguia, Alaejos, 47510 Valladolid, Spain
Department of Signal Theory, Communications and Telematics Engineering, University of Valladolid, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
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Received: 28 October 2010; in revised form: 10 November 2010 / Accepted: 11 November 2010 / Published: 18 November 2010
Abstract: Current commercial tractor guidance systems present to the driver information to perform agricultural tasks in the best way. This information generally includes a treated zones map referenced to the tractor’s position. Unlike actual guidance systems where the tractor driver must mentally associate treated zone maps and the plot layout, this paper presents a guidance system that using Augmented Reality (AR) technology, allows the tractor driver to see the real plot though eye monitor glasses with the treated zones in a different color. The paper includes a description of the system hardware and software, a real test done with image captures seen by the tractor driver, and a discussion predicting that the historical evolution of guidance systems could involve the use of AR technology in the agricultural guidance and monitoring systems.
Keywords: augmented reality; virtual reality; guidance; GPS; precision farming
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Santana-Fernández, J.; Gómez-Gil, J.; Del-Pozo-San-Cirilo, L. Design and Implementation of a GPS Guidance System for Agricultural Tractors Using Augmented Reality Technology. Sensors 2010, 10, 10435-10447.
Santana-Fernández J, Gómez-Gil J, Del-Pozo-San-Cirilo L. Design and Implementation of a GPS Guidance System for Agricultural Tractors Using Augmented Reality Technology. Sensors. 2010; 10(11):10435-10447.
Santana-Fernández, Javier; Gómez-Gil, Jaime; Del-Pozo-San-Cirilo, Laura. 2010. "Design and Implementation of a GPS Guidance System for Agricultural Tractors Using Augmented Reality Technology." Sensors 10, no. 11: 10435-10447.