Mean Green Products, LLC (Mean Green Mowers), a leader in commercial electric mower manufacturing and The Kobi CompanyTM (Kobi®), a leader in robotic solutions, are collaborating to develop a safe and affordable electric, commercial, robotic ZT mower, the ATOM. With the difficulty to find competent labor and the growing demand for more landscape services, the need for autonomous commercial mowers is now more pressing than ever. While previous commercial autonomous mowers have been developed, none have been able to meet the market expectations regarding accuracy, versatility, price, and safety until now.
Mean Green and Kobi will offer the ATOM 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 get the same (or more) work done in a day. The fuel and maintenance savings of the ATOM and the efficiency of the KobiVision system can add up to savings of $20-30/hr.
“We are proud to be working with The Kobi Company to convert our latest electric mowers to quiet, zero-emission autonomous mowing machines,” said Mean Green Mowers’ President Joe Conrad. “It is a natural fit to combine our latest commercial electric mowers with high tech robotic automation”.
“We have designed our KobiVision 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,” exclaims 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. We are now in the last steps before commercialization, for which we also received support from the European Union’s Horizon2020 research and innovation program”.
The ATOM was presented at the 2019 GIE Expo in Louisville, Kentucky and is expected to be ready for the market by 2021.