Japan's Yanmar launches smartphone-linked farm tractors

Gillan Frances Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 29 2019 04:15 PM | Updated as of Jan 29 2019 07:53 PM

Yanmar executives Takehito Suzuki and Hiroaki Kitaoka poses with the YM357A during its launch in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday.

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Japanese firm Yanmar launched Tuesday new farm tractors that can be accessed through a smartphone. 

The Yanmar midrange (YM) 351A tractor, with 51 horsepower, and YM357A, with 57 horsepower, have SMARTAssist technology which allows the operator to see the machine's operating status, receive error notifications, and provide customer service in the event of breakdowns.

Periodic maintenance notifications will also be sent to the operator's smartphone, Yanmar Agribusiness Co. Ltd. manager Osamu Omoro said. 

The YM351A and YM357A could be accessed through a smartphone.

The tractors could be used on dry fields, paddies and could also haul loads. 

The equipment's engine is manufactured in Japan, its body in India and the final assembly is done in Thailand. 

The YM351A has 51 horsepower, with a lifting force of 14.2 kilonewton.
The YM357A has 57 horsepower with a lifting force of 14.2 kilonewton.

It is set to hit the Philippine market in March, according to Cherish Hufancia, sales and marketing officer of Yanmar Philippines. 

Yanmar Group, which is engaged in agriculture, marine, power generation, construction, and industrial engine business, has 66 companies worldwide.

Aside from the Philippines, it has presence in Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam in Southeast Asia.