T sarjalainen Auto Guidella vuonna 2005

Valtra T Series tractor working with Auto-Guide automated steering already 2005.

2019 Automated steering and precision farming become mainstream

Automated steering has been a Valtra factory-fitted accessory since the early 2000s, but it did not achieve a real breakthrough until the late 2010s. By the end of the decade, it was already more common for customers to specify Valtra Guide automated steering on their new tractors than to leave it out. The extremely easy-to-use operating logic of the Valtra SmartTouch user interface lowered the threshold for many customers to try the new technology for themselves.

The same occurred with ISOBUS implement control and Valtra Connect remote monitoring. As early as the 1990s, experiments were made with installing a mobile phone under the hood of a tractor, but the time was not yet ripe for the CareTel service. By 2020, more than half of new tractors featured remote monitoring, allowing customers to track their machines remotely or request remote support from dealers. ISOBUS data communications also became more common on tractors only after implements began to be equipped with ISOBUS devices. The same trends have been seen with Section Control, Variable Rate Control and Task Management. Any new technology can easily take ten years to spread, but when it finally breaks through, its popularity grows rapidly.

Valtra has also been a pioneer in the development of electronic services. At the turn of the 2020s, services can be considered as important to tractors as horsepower and iron. A telemetry service can be activated as needed, and precision farming services can be activated remotely. Service packages make tractor ownership easy, while leasing helps anticipate costs accurately. The share of digital and other services are growing rapidly in agriculture, contracting and other tractor work.