Husqvarna formally introduced its Autonomous Operation for professionals, which increases productivity and safety while maintaining large green spaces and consists of multiple self-operated Husqvarna robotic mowers powered by Husqvarna EPOS technology. Three pilots are being set up to refine the system before an official launch in 2021.
The system is designed to improve productivity, work environment and workspace safety for greenspace professionals maintaining large areas.
“Built on our 25-year legacy in robotic mowing, Husqvarna Autonomous Operation emphasizes our determination to consistently lead through innovation,” Husqvarna Division president Sascha Menges said. “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.”
The system uses the new Husqvarna EPOS technology, a high-precision satellite navigation system that provides enhanced real time positioning accuracy, delivering location accuracy of 2-3 centimeters. The tech enables the machine to navigate within and between work areas using virtual boundaries.
It 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,” said Adam Tengblad, the director of autonomous systems at Husqvarna. “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.”