SAME DEUTZ-FAHR tractor with the cameras installed by BFFT – the DRIVER EXTENDED EYES (source: SDF)
Representatives from SAME DEUTZ-FAHR and BFFT at the awards ceremony at the Agritechnica in Hannover November 8, 2015

BFFT and SAME DEUTZ-FAHR make driving a tractor safer

They received a silver medal at the Agritechnica 2015 for this: the automotive engineering developer BFFT and agricultural machinery manufacturer SAME DEUTZ-FAHR have developed the innovative DRIVER EXTENDED EYES driver assistance system.

It would often be useful to be able to look around the corner. Such as when you are sitting in a tractor and it is impossible to see if there is a child in front of the tractor. Or when you are approaching an intersection and you cannot see the cross traffic because of buildings and the fact that the seat is located in the back of the tractor. Drivers of SAME DEUTZ-FAHR tractors will not have these problems any more soon, as demonstrated by the DRIVER EXTENDED EYES prototype system.

These “eyes” are really three digital cameras located behind the radiator grill of the tractor. They allow the driver to see areas that would otherwise be hidden – for example the area in front of the tractor where children in particular may be standing unnoticed. The cameras, which are directed towards the front, show the blind spot on the driver’s monitor. Furthermore, tractor drivers used to need to drive well into the intersection to obtain a clear view of the pedestrians and cars crossing the intersection. With the help of two side-mounted cameras, it is now possible to observe the traffic in the intersection much earlier on the monitor. The three camera images are processed on a “system on a chip” that was developed especially for such applications and has been certified according to automotive standards. The highly specialized control device warns the driver when a person is detected visually by a message on the driver’s monitor as well as acoustically by a warning tone. In addition, it actively intervenes in the transmission and prevents the motionless tractor from moving in such situations.

The driver assistance system DRIVER EXTENDED EYES is a joint project of the agricultural machinery manufacturer SAME DEUTZ-FAHR and the automotive engineering developer BFFT. Both companies received a silver medal on November 8 at the Agritechnica 2015 in Hannover. The German Agricultural Society (DLG), the promoter of the world’s largest exhibition for agricultural machinery and equipment, presents this award for innovative new products that are significant for applications, offer advantages in work performance and improve operational safety.

While hot topics such as driver assistance systems and automation are already well advanced in the automotive industry, there is still a lot of potential for agricultural machinery. BFFT is therefore the right partner for this project: The company from Ingolstadt is a specialist for automotive electronics and has many years of experience in the development of driver assistance systems for the automotive industry. Together, SAME DEUTZ-FAHR and BFFT make driving a tractor safer.

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