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Driverless vehicles aren’t just on the highway — they’re on the farm, too. In fact, automating agricultural equipment can require more advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities than automating transportation. In addition to safety and object perception/avoidance, driverless ag technology also needs to precisely control everything from chemical application levels to boom height.

Raven Industries announced today that Raven Engineered Films has introduced a powerful addition to its lineup of grain cover solutions: the DuraCinch™ Strapping System. As part of the Company’s total system approach to grain cover solutions, the patent pending DuraCinch Strapping System is designed to secure grain covers in extreme elements, providing greater and longer-lasting protection for major grain pile storage.

Raven Industries (NASDAQ:RAVN) has acquired intellectual property (IP) and patents from Loon, LLC (formerly known as Project Loon), a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. and the developer of an autonomous constellation of high-altitude balloons for communications. In January, Alphabet announced the wind down of Loon. The 176 assets acquired by Raven are directly related to stratospheric balloon technology, including balloon navigation, launching operations and balloon manufacturing.