Development of an Automated Guidance System for Tracked Combine Harvester

  • Fangming ZhangEmail author
  • Wenbin Wu
  • Yunfei Zhu
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 546)


An automated guidance system for tracked combine harvesters had been developed. A kinematics model for the harvester is constructed. A conventional and a X-turn path planning methods were provided. The system was successfully controlled speed, direction, and header of 2 modified harvesters, which had harvested 16 acres of rice land in December of 2015 and 2016. Results showed these machines can accurately cut along the edge of the cut/uncut, and cut all crops in every working path. The lateral offset is less than 5 cm in row following stage. In future, cutter, threshing roller, and other important working parts must be monitored to realize unmanned technology.


Tracked combine harvester Guidance system Speed control Path planning 



Funds for this research was provided by the Yinzhou Science and Technology Plan Projects (2015), Ningbo Science and Technology Plan Projects (2014C100016).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ningbo Institute of TechnologyZhejiang UniversityNingboChina
  2. 2.Ningbo Microagri Technology Ltd.NingboChina
  3. 3.Thinker Agricultural Machine Ltd.HuzhouChina

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