Autonomous Mower Could Solve Landscaper's Labor Problems

Mean Green, Kobi Company are developing autonomous commercial electric mower

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Mean Green Mowers has partnered with Kobi Company to develop an autonomous commercial electric mower.

The electric zero turn mower will be unveiled at Mean Green Mowers booth #11080 at GIE+EXPO in Louisville, KY Oct. 16-18.

A 74-inch EVO concept autonomous mower will be on display at the indoor booth. Demonstrations featuring the 48-inch NXR autonomous mower will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17-18 at the Mean Green outdoor demo area #61014D.

“We are proud to be working with The Kobi Company to convert our latest electric mowers to quiet, zero emission autonomous mowing machines” said Mean Green Mowers’ President Joe Conrad. “It’s a natural fit to combine our latest commercial electric mowers with high tech robotic automation”.

Return on investment is estimated to be measured in months instead of years. A typical landscape crew of two workers can now be reduced to one and get the same (or more) work done in a day.

The fuel and maintenance savings of the Mean Green electric mower and the labor cost savings of the Kobi autonomous system can add up to savings of $20-30/hr.

“We have designed our autonomous mowing module with mower speed, accuracy, and safety in mind.  By using the latest in computer vision technology and artificial intelligence, we have been able to produce a system that can easily navigate any environment, even below trees and up close to buildings” exclaims Kobi CEO Andrew Ewen.  “After years of writing code and exhaustive testing, we now have a safe and affordable autonomous solution for commercial landscape operations”.

Certification for with the new ANSI/OPEI 60335-2-107-2019 robotics standards is pending. Testing is expected to continue through 2020 with plans of production units by 2021.

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