ROSS, Ohio — Mean Green Products, LLC (Mean Green Mowers), a leader in commercial electric mower manufacturing and The Kobi Co., a leader in robotic solutions, are collaborating to develop a safe and affordable, large area robotic mower. With the difficulty to find competent labor and the growing demand for more landscape services, the need for autonomous large area mowers is now more pressing than ever.
While previous large autonomous mowers have been developed, none have been able to meet the market expectations regarding accuracy, versatility, price and safety until now.
Mean Green and Kobi can now offer an autonomous commercial electric zero turn mower with a return on investment 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 are proud to be working with The Kobi Co. 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".
"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".
The unveiling of this new mowing technology will take place at the Mean Green Mowers booth 11080 at the GIE+EXPO show in Louisville, Ky., on October 16-18, 2019. See the 74" EVO concept autonomous mower at the indoor booth. The 48" NXR autonomous demonstrations will be held at 10:00AM and 2:00PM October 17th & 18th at the Mean Green outdoor demo area #6014D.
Exclusive testing with selected customers and certification pending the new ANSI/OPEI 60335-2-107-2019 Robotics standards in the fall, will continue through 2020 with plans of production units by 2021.