Machine Control & Guidance

Machine Control & Guidance



AutoTrac is an assisted automated steering system that automatically steers the machine through the field. AutoTrac is one of the best guidance solutions in the market offering operators a hands-free solution.
John Deere designs machines to easily integrate with AutoTrac, resulting in the most comfortable operating experience in the market. Producers simply plug the display into the provided connection inside the cab and attach the receiver to the roof of the cab.

AutoTrac requires:

  • Integrated Steering Kit, AutoTrac Controller Kit, or AutoTrac Universal
  • Display, options include
    • GreenStar™ 2 (GS2) or 3 (GS3) Display
      • AutoTrac Activation
    • Generation 4 CommandCenter™
      • CommandCenter AutoTrac Activation
  • StarFire™ 6000 Receiver or StarFire 3000 Receiver

AutoTrac™ Universal Steering Kit 200

The AutoTrac Universal (ATU) 200 steering kit is a machine steering kit used for automatic guidance in John Deere and non-John Deere machines. Pair the machine kit with a complete GreenStar™ system to operate automatic, hands-free guidance in approved machine platforms. AutoTrac offers many benefits to operators, including optimized machine efficiency, reduced operator fatigue, and the ability to work at faster speeds. The ATU 200 is the premier universal steering system in the agricultural industry.

John Deere Machine Sync

John Deere Machine Sync includes combine harvest automation, harvest logistics, coverage map sharing, and guidance line sharing functionality. This functionality has revolutionized machine-to-machine communication.
John Deere Machine Sync provides the following features:

Combine harvest automation

Combine harvest automation creates a network between a fleet of tractors and combines allowing automation between the combine and the tractor. This facilitates on-the-go unloading by synchronizing tractor speed and direction of travel with the combine and provides greater ease of operation with improved efficiency, resulting in higher productivity during harvest. Combine harvest automation requires each machine to be equipped with a John Deere Machine Communication Radio (MCR).

Harvest logistics

Productivity gains are credited to tractor/grain cart operator’s ability to be in the right place at the right time with in-field logistics information. The GreenStar™ 3 (GS3) 2630 Display shows in-field logistics including grain tank-fill status, direction of travel, and location for each combine and tractor in the networked fleet. Harvest logistics requires each machine to be equipped with a John Deere MCR.

In-Field Data Sharing

 Using Gen 4 In-Field Data Sharing and Precision Ag applications, maps, and guidance lines can be used together by up to six tractors, sprayers, nutrient applicators, or combines to reduce overlap and improve placement.  Machines can work together at the same time or use maps created earlier by another machine to increase efficiency.

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Sharing as-applied maps

Using a streamlined setup process, In-Field Data Sharing matches maps and guidance lines together based on the information entered in the Work Setup screen, as some of the same information is needed to document an operation.

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AutoTrac™ Controller

The AutoTrac Controller is an integrated AutoTrac solution for older John Deere and non-John Deere tractors. This controller teams up with GreenStar™ components to provide improved performance and operating experience compared to universal steering systems.
For selected models, AutoTrac Controller can utilize the tractor manufacturer’s automatic steering components. These vehicles will be referenced as guidance ready vehicles.
For non-guidance ready vehicles, the AutoTrac Controller kit contains all hydraulic components needed to work with the GreenStar system. The result: AutoTrac Controller maintains the efficiency and comfort offered by an uncluttered and orderly cab.

In addition to the market-proven benefits of AutoTrac, this system optimizes machine efficiency, reduces operator fatigue, and allows the operator to maintain faster working speeds.
Check out the AutoTrac accuracy equation to learn about the factors that impact AutoTrac performance.

CommandCenter™ AutoTrac™

CommandCenter AutoTrac Activation provides proven benefits of automatic guidance on the 4600 and 4100 CommandCenter, also known as the Generation 4 CommandCenter. This activation is machine specific, meaning it stays with the machine throughout the life of the machine. A StarFire™ Receiver, the CommandCenter AutoTrac Activation, and a Generation 4 CommandCenter are required to utilize CommandCenter AutoTrac Activation.
AutoTrac offers many benefits including: increasing productivity, maximizing inputs, and an improved operating experience.

Active Implement Guidance

Active Implement Guidance automatically steers the implement onto the desired guidance line. Active Implement Guidance utilizes the Application Controller 1100, a GreenStar™ display, and AutoTrac™ components with a variety of signal levels. These components team up with an implement steering mechanism to provide increased implement precision. With Active Implement Guidance, both the tractor and the implement follow the same guidance line in straight, circle, and curve track modes. Growers who are planting bedded crops, planting row crops, or strip-tilling, as well as those operating in standing row-crop application, can capitalize on the value of Active Implement Guidance. Producers experience many benefits with Active Implement Guidance:

  • Ability to maintain high crop quality with multiple passes through the field
  • Precise input placement, reducing operator fatigue
  • Industry-exclusive implement control at the operator’s fingertips

Tractor-Baler Automation

baler-automation-150x150Tractor-Baler Automation allows for easier operation and reduced operator fatigue after all-day operation. There are two levels of Tractor-Baler Automation. Learn more about the selective control valve (SCV) control option and the SCV and machine speed control option below.