Kubota had 98 patents in future of work during Q4 2023. Kubota Corp filed patents for precision steering computer for tractors using waypoints from a smart device, a support system for working vehicles with automatic steering capabilities, a pipe joint design with a seal member insertion space, and management systems for working vehicles with automatic steering and setting modes. These inventions aim to improve efficiency and accuracy in agricultural and industrial operations. GlobalData’s report on Kubota gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Kubota grant share with future of work as a theme is 39% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Using non-real-time computers for agricultural guidance systems (Patent ID: US20230413713A1)

The patent filed by Kubota Corp. describes a precision steering computer system for tractors that uses geo-location waypoints generated by a handheld smart device to steer the vehicle. The waypoints are transmitted in a batch from the smart device to the steering computer, which processes them in real-time to generate steering commands. The system allows for efficient and accurate steering of the tractor based on the planned path created by the operator on the smart device, with progress and status displayed on the same device.

The system involves a first navigation computing device on the smart device generating waypoints in a non-real-time domain and transmitting them wirelessly to a second steering computing device on the tractor. The steering device accumulates and processes the waypoints in a First-In-First-Out queue to generate steering commands for the vehicle. The interaction between the two devices is managed through status messages indicating buffer capacity and the ability to accept additional waypoints. This method ensures smooth and continuous steering of the tractor based on the planned path provided by the operator, enhancing precision and efficiency in agricultural operations.

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