INGOLSTADT, Germany—While automotive manufacturing may have more than 100 years of history under its belt, it could see a radical change if Audi has its way. The automaker is exploring the idea of ditching the assembly line altogether.
If there’s a “ground zero” for tractor manufacturing, it’s Deere’s assembly plant in Waterloo, IA. The multi-building operation includes a foundry, a drive train assembly line, an engine assembly line and a final assembly line.
Agricultural engineers around the world are developing robotic tractors. Autonomous vehicles equipped with state-of-the-art computers, lasers, sensors, GPS systems and machine vision technology are closer to reality than most people realize.