Cognitive Pilot has launched 13 new regional offices over the past 3 months
Cognitive Pilot, the world’s leading developer of artificial intelligence systems for autonomous transport, which is also a part of the Sber ecosystem, announces the opening of 13 regional offices across Russia over the past 3 months. These offices are engaged in the sales of Cognitive Agro Pilot autonomous driving system for agricultural machinery and further support of the smart product.
Cognitive Pilot offices were opened in the cities of Voronezh, Kursk, Belgorod, Rostov, Krasnodar, Volgograd, Ufa, Samara, Tyumen, Barnaul, Tomsk, Omsk and Stavropol. By opening these offices, the company aims to provide service to its clients in all regions, with the main motto as “No more than 3 hours on the road, and we are at your farm!”
From June to October 2020, over 350 New Holland, John Deere and Claas autonomous combines equipped with Cognitive Agro Pilot system farmed over 160,000 hectares of field and harvested more than 720,000 tons of crops.
Despite the fact that the domestic agricultural industry is rather conservative, Cognitive Pilot expects to build the whole network of its regional offices by the end of 2021.
Olga Uskova, CEO of Cognitive Pilot: “The results of our work in 2020 showed a very high interest of Russian farmers to the new AI-based harvesting technologies. The challenge of this year is to scale the project across the whole country. We must ensure the highest speed and quality of our services, both in purchasing and servicing of our solutions.”
This is the world’s first system that “sees” and “understands” what’s lying ahead, which is an advantage over other solutions that usually utilize a raft of tools for their control models: GPS navigation with RTK positioning, etc. The edge capture when controlling a harvester by the Cognitive Agro Pilot system is stable at no more than 10 cm, which lets you avoid unnecessary passes and fuel losses. With the autopilot mode on, the setup avoids obstacles and stops when detecting a threat of collision with other equipment or people.
Cognitive Agro Pilot is an autonomous AI-based driving system for farming equipment such as grain combine harvesters, tractors, and sprayers. The system analyzes images from just one video camera and, by using a deep learning convolutional neural network fine-tuned for agronomic purposes, understands the types and positions of objects facing the machinery, builds movement trajectories, and sends commands to perform maneuvers.
In September 2020, the Cognitive Agro Pilot solution won the Overall Harvesting Innovation of the Year award at AgTec Breakthrough Awards 2020, while a year before it won the AVT ACES AWARD, which was organized by the Autonomous Vehicle Technology magazine.
The Cognitive Agro Pilot setup includes an autonomous unit to manage farm equipment, a video camera, a display, a set of connecting cables, and other elements of the control system. The user interface is available via an Android mobile app for smartphones or rugged tables.