Kubota partners with autonomous technology company

February 15, 2017 -  By

Kubota_SmartPath_AirportKubota Tractor Corp. agreed to enter an alliance with Smart Path Systems for its precision guidance technology products, which will be available this month at select dealerships nationwide for Kubota M, L and B-Series tractors, Kubota F-Series mowers and Kubota utility vehicles.

“Kubota is the first to bring this level of technology to the market segment,” said Todd Stucke, Kubota senior vice president, marketing product support and strategic projects. “Applying Smart Path’s precision guidance technology to Kubota equipment furthers our commitment to continuous improvement. We give our customers the tools they need to get their work done more efficiently and effectively, and this alliance will give our customers access to advanced technology that will further enhance their user experience and make them more productive and more profitable.”

Precision guidance technology enables the use of autonomous steering of Kubota equipment for mowing, sweeping, spraying or snow plowing. Dual GPS antennas designed for sub-inch accuracy, an android tablet interface and live satellite map feeds let fleet managers assign, track and manage from one website, the company said. According to Smart Path, users of this technology have experienced a 20 percent increase in time savings or productivity gain.

Operators can use predetermined paths created in the web portal management system or record their own path, allowing an operator to replay the exact route in the future. The company said this “record and replay” feature is ideal for providing precise consistency in less experienced operators of snow plows, mowers and more.

“Creating an alliance with Kubota was the next big step for Smart Path’s leadership position in precision guidance for grounds maintenance and horticulture,” said Steve Booher, CEO of Smart Path Systems. “Our technology will increase productivity, improve efficiencies and, most importantly, provide significant labor savings for Kubota customers.”

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Dillon Stewart graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, earning a Bachelor of Science in Online Journalism with specializations in business and political science. Stewart is a former associate editor of LM.

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