Husqvarna develops autonomous mowing solution for large areas

By edited by Sarah Bunyea

The Husqvarna Autonomous Operation system will be available in selected markets by 2021.

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Husqvarna has announced its Husqvarna Autonomous Operation, a system developed to improve productivity, work environment and workspace safety for green industry professionals maintaining large areas.

“Built on our 25-year legacy in robotic lawnmowing, Husqvarna Autonomous Operation emphasizes our determination to consistently lead through innovation. Robotics and autonomous solutions will play a major role in the future of green space management and Husqvarna Autonomous Operation is just one example of how innovations can improve professional lawn care,” says Sascha Menges, president, Husqvarna Division.

Husqvarna Autonomous Operation uses the new Husqvarna EPOS technology, a high-precision satellite navigation system that provides enhanced real time positioning accuracy. The Husqvarna EPOS technology enables the machine to navigate within and between work areas using virtual boundaries.

In its first implementation, Husqvarna Autonomous Operation is using Husqvarna’s new hybrid Rider lawn mowers. In Sweden, Husqvarna Autonomous Operation is currently being tested at Jönköping Airport and Örnsköldsvik Airport, and this fall Husqvarna will expand to include Swedavia Vehicle at Bromma Airport.

To further explore and develop autonomous solutions for airports, Husqvarna has recently invested in Norwegian Yeti Snow Technology, a supplier of self-operated snow removal machines designed specifically for airports. This opens up the possibility for combined field operation offerings to airports around the world.

The company states that Husqvarna Autonomous Operation enables improvements in workplace safety as the remote, computerized control of the machines increases operational safety by minimizing the risk of human error. The system also offers object analysis and collision avoidance based on information from several independent sensors, utilizing cameras, radars and ultrasonic technology. As an additional safety measure, an operator can maneuver and override the system, with a hands-on remote control.

“Satellite technology opens up new possibilities for our industry and gives us the opportunity to offer our customers new solutions. This end-to-end solution will further benefit our professional customers by increasing productivity and enabling safe and more efficient green space management in large, hard to reach areas. Also, the hybrid propulsion used in the pilots can contribute to a decrease in the overall environmental impact for green space management,” says Adam Tengblad, director of autonomous systems at Husqvarna.

The Husqvarna Autonomous Operation system will operate in further pilot applications during 2020 and will be fully available as an end-to-end solution for selected markets by 2021.