Hemisphere Adds Electric Steering Option

Hemisphere GPS recently announced the release of its VersaSteer interface (VSi), a new electric steering wheel option for the Outback eDrive automated steering system. eDriveVSi’s electrically controlled steering wheel adds to the versatility and ease of automated steering, as it can quickly be added to a variety of machinery including swathers (windrowers), tractors, sprayers, and harvester.

Coupled with an Outback guidance system, eDriveVSi delivers decimeter-level steering control accuracy ideal for broadacre applications such as swathing, spraying, spreading and more. Operators can complete the installation and transfer the automated steering system from one machine to another. eDriveVSi provides a portable alternative to the eDriveTC hydraulic-based steering system and eDriveX, a centimeter-level steering system.

The new system automatically steers the vehicle along straight lines, or free-form curved patterns. Its electrically controlled steering wheel replaces the existing steering wheel in the vehicle and interfaces with eDrive to support farm machinery where automated hydraulic steering interfaces are not practical. With eDriveVSi’s accurate and consistent steering, operating costs and inputs are reduced. Less driver skill is required and growers can extend their hours of operation.

“The new eDriveVSi enhances the versatility of our automated steering product line allowing us to continue to serve an expanded Outback Guidance customer base,” said Kip Pendleton, Vice President and General Manager of Agriculture at Hemisphere GPS. “With eDriveVSi and our existing eDriveTC custom installation kits, we are able to automatically steer the most common farm machinery available.”

eDriveVSi is currently compatible with the eDriveTC console and Outback Sts. It will be compatible with Outback S3™ in the future. The Outback Auto-Engage feature enables eDriveVSi to automatically steer the vehicle once it approaches the next pass and the operator simply turns the steering wheel to disengage the automated steering control. eDriveVSi is delivered with an installation kit designed for a specific model. Clear, step-by-step instructions, with pictures, accompany all the right cables, connections, and brackets to do the job.No special training is required.

The new product will be available November 2010 and will fit the most popular models of swathers. Additional custom installation kits will be made available for other models and types of farm machinery in the future.

For more information visit www.outbackguidance.com.

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