Mean Green Products LLC, Hamilton, Ohio, a commercial electric mower manufacturer, and The Kobi Company, New York, a leader in robotic solutions, are collaborating to develop a safe and affordable large area robotic mower.
According to Mean Green, 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.
Mean Green and Kobi 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 produce 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 an hour.
“We are proud to be working with The Kobi Company to convert our latest electric mowers to quiet, zero emission autonomous mowing machines,” says 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,” says 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 GIE+Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 16-18. Exclusive testing with selected customers and certification pending the new ANSI/OPEI 60335-2-107-2019 robotics standards will continue through 2020 with plans of production units by 2021.