Kubota Tractor Corporation announced on February 8 an agreement to enter into an alliance with Smart Path Systems LLC for its precision guidance technology products that will be available 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 with greater precision by utilizing dual GPS antennas for sub-inch accuracy, an easy-to-use Android tablet interface, and live satellite map feeds that are accessed through a web portal management system. Government, commercial and farming organizations can assign, track, and manage their operators and equipment fleet from one easy-to-use website.
Operators have the option of taking predetermined paths created in the web portal management system, or record their own path, allowing them to replay the exact same route at any time in the future. This record and replay approach is ideal for plowing snow and sweeping walking trails, spraying along fence rows or cracks, repeated mowing by less-experienced operators, and striping a fairway with precise consistency. According to Smart Path, users of the technology have experienced a 20-percent increase in timesavings or productivity gain.
“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 LLC. “Our technology will increase productivity; improve efficiencies; and most importantly, provide significant labor savings for Kubota customers.”
Beginning in February 2017, Smart Path Systems will be available for sale and installation at select Kubota dealerships.