WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nokian Tyres and Valtra have set the world record for snow removal with an autonomous tractor. The speed record was set in March 2018 using an unmanned Valtra T254 Versu tractor equipped with Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI tyres. Operated without a driver, the tractor ploughed snow on a closed road in Southern Finland at 73.171 km/h (45.466 mph).
The Valtra T254 Versu has been awarded the title Tractor of the Year 2018 and is widely appreciated by contractors and farmers alike for its versatility in a wide range of jobs including agriculture, forestry and municipal maintenance tasks. While not necessary for achieving this speed record, the standard T254 Versu comes equipped with the innovative SmartTouch user interface, which has been widely praised by tractor operators for its intuitiveness.
"For many of our customers, the ease-of-use of the SmartTouch armrest has lowered the threshold for investing in technologies previously considered as nice-to-have or too complicated, such as auto-guidance, task management and telemetry. At the same time, we are seeing growing demand for new technologies that help increase efficiency and that integrate with existing business systems. We are committed to remaining on the forefront of offering innovative technology in our SmartTouch tractors", comments Mikko Lehikoinen, Marketing Director of Valtra EME.
The speed record was set in secured conditions and with the involvement of research teams from both Nokian Tyres and Valtra. Autonomous technology is of growing interest across many industries including logistics, road machinery and agriculture. As the leading Nordic tractor manufacturer Valtra has a long history of building machines adapted for road maintenance tasks in cold conditions. The data retrieved from the speed record provides valuable data for future research into autonomous technology.
Exceeding the ordinary tractor speed with a front-mounted implement and on a slippery surface puts stress on the tractor and its tyres. The block tread pattern of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI tyres have been specifically designed for stability on icy and snowy surfaces.
"The predictability and car-like handling of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI, combined with its sheer traction, have made the tyre a popular choice with winter contractors", comments Toni Silfverberg, Head of Sales and Marketing at Nokian Heavy Tyres. "The same features also lend themselves nicely to working at record speeds."
This is the second world record in sub-zero conditions that has been set by Nokian Tyres and Valtra. In 2015, the two Finnish manufacturers teamed up with rally legend Juha Kankkunen to set the current speed record for driving a tractor on ice at 130.165 km/h using a Valtra T234 Versu tractor with Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI tyres.
More information concerning the world record:
World's Fastest Snow Ploughing with an Unmanned Tractor
The Snowrace: Rally Champion vs. 7-Ton Tractor
Head of Sales & Marketing
Nokian Heavy Tyres Ltd.
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Nokian Tyres is the world's northernmost tire manufacturer and one of the most sustainable companies in the industry. Nokian Tyres offers peace of mind in all conditions by developing high-quality, safe and eco-friendly tires for passenger cars, trucks and heavy machinery. The company is especially well known for its innovative winter tires. The group also includes the Vianor chain, specializing in vehicle maintenance and tire services. In 2017, the company's turnover was approximately EUR 1.6 billion and it employed some 4,600 people. Nokian Tyres is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Further information: www.nokiantyres.com and www.nokiantyres.com/heavy.
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