The Automated Mower That Could Be Driving Around Your Lawn In The Future

The future is here — it is the era of robots, and AI is everywhere, ready or not. Generally speaking, most of us are simultaneously excited and scared out of our minds. Remember when robotic vacuums first came out? Many of us were interested enough in staying lazy to take a chance and try one out. Depending on how much one was willing to pay for said privilege, the overall result was much less vacuuming! That said, say hello to automated mowing with robotic lawnmowers — already available at a retailer near you.

While they may not actually be near you just yet, they're looking like potentially viable candidates. The prices are still quite high, but the capabilities are impressive. So far, one of the overall best choices is the Husqvarna Automower 450XH EPOS. There are several factors to consider if you're thinking of trying one of these out, including whether you have the right kind of yard for one. They work better for lawns without a lot of clutter, that aren't very active to begin with. The robotic mower is either mowing or charging at all times, and this model costs a cool $5,899.99. It's truly the mower of the future, so don't be surprised if you see one in your neighborhood soon.

How does a robotic lawnmower work?

Robot mowers look like miniature black race cars, and they run on rechargeable batteries. They work ceaselessly, and they automatically return to their charging stations when the batteries run low. They do all the work for you, but the bigger your yard is, the more expensive it's going to be. The manufacturer of the brand we talked about earlier, Husqvarna, has an online lawn calculator you can use to figure out approximately the size of the mower you'll need and the cost. Just make sure you have the right measurements of your yard before you visit.

Robotic lawnmowers are completely programmable, and like most technology today, you can operate one from your smartphone. But before you can do that, it will take some preparation. Programming it for your specific yard takes some time in the beginning. It must be calibrated to the shape and size of your lawn. Guide wires must be initially set up and buried to keep the mower in the yard and on the path you choose. However, some of the new models use a satellite system instead of guide wires, eliminating that issue altogether. Safety features are installed in order to keep it from being stolen and keep children and pets safe from accidental harm.

Benefits of automated mowing

If you're still anxiously awaiting to hear more, there are some amazing benefits to switching to automated mowing — besides the obvious: less work equals more pleasure. For example, it's extremely beneficial to the environment, as they don't use gas ensuring there's no pollution. There's also less noise pollution since robotic mowers are only about 65 decibels, as opposed to the 100 decibels a traditional lawnmower puts out. That makes it easier on the neighbors, especially since it runs often.

These mowers are also incredibly easy to maintain, as there's no gas, oil, or belts to replace. They charge themselves, and all you need to do is change the blades regularly and keep it clean. Arguably one of the biggest advantages of robotic mowers is improving lawn health. Because they are consistently trimming just the tips of the grass and keeping it just the right height for optimal health, your lawn is in better condition overall. There are many positives to automated mowing, so don't knock it 'til you try it.