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Kubota's self-driving tractor upgrade has touch of skilled farm hand

Retrofit devices to roll out in Japan, providing lower-cost option for automation

Kubota's automation kit keeps tractors on a straight course without the driver touching the wheel. (Photo by Narushi Nakai)

OSAKA -- Kubota will soon start selling kits designed to retrofit tractors into autonomous machines in Japan, seeking to hone its expertise and gain an upper hand in the burgeoning global market.

The devices will be made by AgJunction, a Canada-headquartered developer Kubota acquired last December. They will become available in Japan by the end of the year.

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