The Trakthor is a compartmentalized tractor prototype designed to operate in difficult terrain where conventional tractors cannot go. Without needing any human assistance, the Trakthor would be able to disassemble itself into smaller, more manoeuvrable units, and then reassemble itself into a bigger unit that can pull heavier things.
With new types of batteries, electrical motors, and materials coming online, it will be possible to invent new types of machines. The idea behind the Trakthor is to develop a new kind of farming equipment that could be scaled up depending on the power you need or the task at hand. It could also be practical to use a tractor that can deconstruct itself to access places that are harder to reach.
How It Works
The robust chassis of the Trakthor would be designed to let each wheel unlatch and roll around obstacles on its own. The independence of the wheels would allow the Trakthor to get through a wide range of terrains and even complete separate tasks. When in this mode, wheel motors would activate to maintain balance on each separated entity.
The Trakthor would also be able to split in two vehicles—similar to a motocross but with bigger wheels—to achieve parallelization of larger tasks. Of course, each resulting cab would have to readjust weight in order to maintain its balance. One of the Trakthor’s compartments would be the main AI unit that would broadcast signals across the four wheels to coordinate formations.
In due time, a wide range of attachments and features would be made available to owners. For example, one subsystem could specialize in tree removal and use sharp cutters while another could drill holes or smash rocks to form a trail for the remaining wheels.
What It’s Used For
Robotic equipment like the Trakthor could really change the way farmers and land owners fulfill their duties while allowing easier access to all parts of their property. Attachable tools could be sold separately to let users customize functionalities and adapt the Trakthor to particular tasks. Collaborative robots are being developed right now, and we chose to present our idea as robotic equipment, but there is a wide variety of uses for them including surveillance, exploring, search and rescue, etc.
The Trakthor concept was imagined in February 2017 by Charles Bombardier and designed by Ashish Thulkar, an Industrial Designer from Bangalore, India. Ashish graduated with a master’s degree in design from the Indian Institute of Science in 2014. He currently works as a freelance vehicle designer in India. He also created the Drone Tower concept and the Orizon spacejet.