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Mahindra intends to develop driverless tractors – Anand Mahindra

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Following driverless cars from Tesla, Toyota and Mercedes Benz expected to debut in 2020-22, Mahindra now plan driverless tractors.

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra and Mahindra, while addressing the shareholders’ 70th Annual General Meeting has indicated company plans to foray into the driverless tractor arena.

Speaking on driverless technologies in agricultural tractors, Mahindra drew attention to the urgent need to enhance productivity to cater to the demands of a growing population. An entry into this autonomous tractor technology according to Mahindra, could change the future of food production.

Mahindra Yuvo Tractor

While driverless cars are still being viewed with some trepidation, driverless tractors could be more easily accepted. This is one area where accidents and collisions are not just few and far between but practically nonexistent.

Mahindra Group also investing in future of mobility with new products being planned on the basis of mobility sharing with other companies. Recently Mahindra Partners announced investment in Scoot Network with 500 Mahindra GenZe electric scooters making their way to San Francisco.

Mahindra Genze Electric Scooter 2016 Auto Expo

Last October, the company launched SmartShift for Indian cargo owners and transport companies on the same likes as Ola and Uber. Cargo users can access SmartShift through mobile app or website and call center to avail this facility. Trringo is another launch by the company allowing farmers to hire tractors for limited time periods via the mobile app which will be available in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, MP and Karnataka by the end of this year.

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Pearl Daniels

Pearl Daniels

Former freelance writer, Pearl Daniels is in the auto industry since 2011, having established herself as a widely read staff writer since 2013. Her keen eye for industry news, daily need to break down latest events, and quest to not miss a single launch detail, gives you the most refreshing morning news on weekdays.

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