Sheep Robotics, San Francisco, officially launched as an autonomy partner to the landscaping industry. Electric Sheep has created the Dexter robot, clamp-on hardware and software that turns commercial lawn mowers into self-driving machines.
The company was founded in late 2019 by a diverse team of entrepreneurs with backgrounds in engineering, entrepreneurship and landscaping. The Electric Sheep Robot works with commercially available gas and electric mowers and is available with no upfront costs through a Robots-as-a-Service model. There are hundreds of thousands of commercial mowers being used today, and the Electric Sheep Robot is able to deploy on this already existing and well-established platform.
“The acuity of the need is so deep and the willingness to try autonomy so intense that we have been overwhelmed by the response,” says Nag Murty, CEO and co-founder of Electric Sheep. “If we were to stop acquiring new customers today and just expand among the ones who are signed on with us, we would already have hundreds of millions in annual revenue in a few years.”
Electric Sheep’s Dexter Robot easily attaches to new or existing lawn mowers and receives over the air updates, requires minimal training, and can mow any type of grass fully autonomously. The company also plans to apply the technology to other turf applications, including snow removal, sweeping, sidewalk repairs, pest control and beyond.
The robot utilizes cutting edge technology including LIDAR, cameras, GPS and ultrasonic sensors for ultra-precise maneuvering across diverse terrain. All robots are monitored while in use and incorporate a safety rated system capable of detecting perimeter breaches in even the most adverse conditions. They are built to the R15.08 standard for self-driving robots.
Electric Sheep has raised approximately $4 million in funding led by Foundation Capital, with participation from Grep VC, Signia Ventures and angels such as Ariel Cohen of TripActions, Travis Deyle of Cobalt Robotics, and Sahil Lavingia of GumRoad.
“Electric Sheep has an impressive team, and the founders have complementary skills across product, technology and landscaping operations,” says Apoorva Pandhi of Foundation Capital. “With an elegant and simple retrofit approach that doesn’t require any change to an existing gas or electric mower, Electric Sheep automates the existing fleet and unleashes productivity, thus unlocking enormous revenue potential.”