Proprietary vision system uses multiple cameras to map and localize in the yard.
Toro launches a robotic mower, advancing company’s commitment to tech-forward property care. (Photo: Business Wire.)
Toro launches a robotic, battery-powered mower, the latest in smart, connected technology for homeowners and their yards.
“Our commitment to alternative power, smart connected, and autonomous technologies will enable people to create an amazing space for their families and do more of what they love for generations to come,” said Greg Janey, vice president, residential and landscape contractor business and center for technology, research and innovation at The Toro Company.
The robotic mower, available to consumers in spring 2023, is a culmination of years of research and development and features industry-leading capabilities, said Toro.
With a vision-based localization system and wire-free navigation, the mower setup is easy and tailored to each yard with no underground boundary wire installation.
This proprietary vision system uses multiple cameras to map and localize in the yard, enabling the mower to navigate tight spaces and move around structures such as trees and landscaping. It is also capable of crossing surfaces, such as driveways and sidewalks, to maintain all areas of the property.
A dedicated smartphone app, said Toro, allows users to customize their mowing schedule — whether it’s around work, sleep, or travel. The app can also recommend an ideal mowing schedule based on weather forecasts and patterns. In addition, the mower has third-party safety certification, theft-proof features, slope-friendly cutting abilities, and quiet functionality.
“To give homeowners a lawn care system that works as effectively as possible,” said the company, “the robotic mower offers a patented Smart Zones mowing system that can be controlled through custom settings in the app.”
Through this system, the mower will automatically keep the lawn at a consistent, owner-selected height by cutting the smallest amount of grass each day for optimal lawn health, said the firm.
With roots dating back to 1914, Toro, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, is a worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf and landscape maintenance, snow management, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation solutions.