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The robotic lawn mowers industry is growing at an exponential rate


Miimo is Honda’s entry into the growing robotic lawn mower market. Honda’s announcement comes hot on the heels of Bosch showing off its Indego mower. The Auto-Mower, Robby Garden XP, Evolution, and Robomow are some of the other examples of robotic lawn mowers to emerge in recent years. It is clear that this industry is growing at an exponential rate, and Honda is making sure to throw its name into the hat.

According to Honda, the Miimo “navigates the garden through an intelligent combination of controls, timers and real-time sensory feedback.” It knows the limits of your yard with a boundary wire that is installed either underground or in the grass. The wire sends an electronic signal to the Miimo and tells it to stay within that area.

Miimo uses a “ continuous cutting” system that cuts about three millimeters of grass at a time. You can choose between three cutting modes: random, directional, and mixed.

Miimo has a couple of unique features that Honda hopes will help it stand above the competition. The first of these is the fan that resides above the blades. This helps suck grass towards the blades and should offer a cleaner cut. Additionally, the mower’s three blades are flexible, designed to bend on impact with a hard object instead of breaking.

The Miimo will hit the market in early 2013.

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Written by Teresa Escrig

August 28th, 2012 at 12:51 am