Husqvarna Celebrates 1,000,000 Robotic Mowers

That’s a lot of mowers.

Husqvarna started in 1995 producing solar mowers. In an effort to help with a more green society and get rid of emissions, they created a mower that was more efficient and needed no gas to run. On top of that, it was automatic.

Husqvarna leads the global market with it’s products in the robotic mower industry. It’s no surprise that they will continue to stay ahead of the curve given their mission to succeed in the market.

Celebrating 1,000,000 environmentally friendly robotic mowers is a milestone for the Group. More than twenty years ago, we created the robotic mower market and have developed the market ever since. We naturally have a strong market leadership within this category while many of our competitors still are fairly new in the market. We see that in many countries the market for robotic mowers still remain small, while others have grown substantially – meaning sizeable growth opportunities in this exciting segment remains. Our aim is to maintain our leadership position by providing the most reliable, safe and efficient products and solutions

Kai Wärn
CEO & President, Husqvarna Group

With the over 20 years of experience in the robotic mower industry, Husqvarna has learned how to increase better cuts and a better handling of yards with complex gardens or landscaping with its robotic mowers. They are definitely trying to make the lawn cutting process completely autonomous.

A robotic mower is energy efficient and has almost no emissions during use. The electricity consumption for maintaining a 1,000m² lawn is approximately equal to a 11W light bulb. Today it is possible to control, program and track your robotic mower via a smartphone or tablet app as well as easily control the watering and lawn care from anywhere, anytime.

Husqvarna Group

To be clear, this does not only include the Husqvarna Automower lineup, but also brands such as Gardena, McCulloch and Flymo. All are designed to be an automatic system to help with lawn care and more.

Kai also mentioned, Our advanced robotic mower solutions have created our market leading position. All our robotic mowers are designed in Sweden and produced at our state of the art plants in Europe, before they are shipped all over the world. As the market leader we are committed to continue stand at the forefront, delivering the best end-customer solutions as well as continuously evolve our offer based on how people connect and engage within this area.”

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Husqvarna Group is a world leading producer of outdoor power products for garden, park and forest care. Products include chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and ride-on lawn mowers. The Group is also the European leader in garden watering products and a world leader in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The Group’s products and solutions are sold under brands including Husqvarna, Gardena, McCulloch, Poulan Pro, Weed Eater, Flymo, Zenoah and Diamant Boart via dealers and retailers to consumers and professionals in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2016 amounted to SEK 36 billion and the Group has more than 13,000 employees in 40 countries.

Husqvarna Group is a global leading producer of outdoor power products and innovative solutions for forest, park and garden care. Products include chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and ride-on lawn mowers.The Group is also the European leader in garden watering products and a global leader in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The Group’s products and solutions are sold under brands including Husqvarna, Gardena, McCulloch, Poulan Pro, Weed Eater, Flymo, Zenoah and Diamant Boart via dealers and retailers to consumers and professionals in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2016 amounted to SEK 36bn and the Group has around 13,000 employees in 40 countries.

Roomba Creators Win Government’s Okay For Robotic Mower

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Back in 2006, there was mention of a robotic mower to be introduced to the market. The creators of the Roomba machine wanted to enter the lawn mower arena, but were being held back by the FCC.

Fast forward 10 years (2016) and now the company has received approval from the FCC to move forward with the device. Interestingly enough — the hold-up? The National Radio Astronomy Observatory, or more commonly known as NRAO. The tension was caused between thinking the robotic mower’s signal could cause issues with telescopes roaming in space.

FCC Robotic Mower Guidelines

To add additional context, the FCC is acts strictly against roaming into airspace that uses certain frequencies. In this case, one of the frequencies intended for use is taken up by the NRAO with no intentions of having other devices on it’s “network”, for lack of a better term.

It’s important to note that these issues commonly happen. For example: when a company wants to manufacture a wireless microphone, sometimes they request to use a band to prevent “congestion” and reduce interference (since there’s nothing else there).

Even though the initial approval was granted, there are still some regulation kinks that need to be worked out. In August 2015, Reuters gave details of the robotic mower’s FCC statements and clarification of what is required before the mower can be released to the public. It consists of waivers and proof that the mower will not interfere with any frequency (or band) and will not “negatively impact radio astronomy”.

It’s an intriguing thought to see how this type of technology get’s held up in the communication arena. We’ve been using all kinds of wireless devices and the one that gets noticed is a robotic lawn mower.

Another thing that might set this mower apart from others on the market is the fact that it uses stakes that could potentially stick out around 24″ above the ground. I know I wouldn’t want that sticking out of my yard, especially when competing robot mowers use perimeter wires and other means to keep it in the grass.

Hey — at least they’re [iRobot] not upsetting space observations.

Want some more information about these types of mowers? Check out our Robomow and Husqvarna Automower reviews on the site.