KARL, autonomous solution for crop production

Move up to a milestone of agriculture. 

KARL is a concept in development offering new technical possibilities and great working flexibility for farmers seeking to deal with recurring workforce issues.

An autonomous solution

KARL carries out work without human intervention. Once the plot has been delimited, the operator creates a work mission, places KARL in the plot, adjusts the work parameters and starts the mission which then runs automatically.

A glimpse of the future of crop production: KARL, an autonomous machine concept by KUHN

The driver is the tool

Ultimately, the result is a successful cultivation operation within an optimal working window, for example the right tillage depth, the adequate seed application rate or even regular and fine shredding of residue. The tool linked to KARL transmits the information necessary for proper work performance and KARL adjusts its parameters to carry out work adapted to different soil and vegetation. In the applications possible with KARL’s assistance, we started with tillage and more precisely with the power harrow but there will be many more.

Furthermore, KARL is already perfectly capable of detecting certain malfunctions and implements corrective actions independently.

 How KARL, a concept of autonomous machine, can revolutionize crop production
An innovative solution for independent field work: KARL, the autonomous machine for crop production

Working in fleet to organize work output

With a power of 175hp, KARL is designed to meet the demands of most farm sizes, whether medium or large. How? By the flexibility offered by working in fleet. Adding a second or even a third KARL vehicle can be carried out during the mission to increase work output tenfold. It's very easy to do from the system's mobile application.

KUHN's vision of autonomous crop production: KARL, a machine that works independently in the field

Particular attention is paid to preserving the resource

Our most precious resource being the soil, KARL’s limited size and weight, as well as its tracks of different sizes, limit ground pressure and thus minimize compaction. Less compaction means less runoff, improved soil life and preserved root development potential.

This project was supported by the program "Investing for the Future" and "France Relance" recovery plan

Investir l'avenir and France Relance support
KARL, autonomous solution for crop production

5 years ago, we set ourselves an ambitious challenge:

to create a revolutionary solution to transform modern agriculture.