Hemisphere GPS introduces VersaSteer interface for Outback eDrive

Hemisphere GPS has announced its VersaSteer interface (VSi), a new electric steering wheel option for its best selling 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, harvesters and more. Growers will appreciate the automated steering performance and reduced fatigue associated with eDriveVSi.

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 easily complete the installation and transfer the automated steering system from one machine to another.

eDriveVSi complements the existing eDrive product line as it provides a portable alternative to the eDriveTC hydraulic-basedsteering system and eDriveX, a centimeter-level steering system. eDriveVSi automatically steers the vehicle along straight lines, or free-form curved patterns. The 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 your 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.

eDriveVSi will be available this month and 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 about Hemisphere GPS, please go to www.hemispheregps.com.