Honda Unveils Miimo – A Robot That Cuts Your Lawn For You

If you are like most people, the last thing that you want to spend your weekend doing is mowing the lawn. The average number of hours dedicated to lawn care a year is 70 or more. Wouldn’t you rather master a new hobby or take in a movie rather than deal with the drudgery of lawn care? Well, now you can thanks to Honda.

Not content with automating vehicles, Honda decided to automate the lawn mower. It is no surprise that Honda has developed a robotic lawn mower. The company already makes lawn mower engines.

The Miimo Robotic Lawn Mower, to be released soon, will come in two different models each with five programmable cutting modes.

Honda’s robotic lawn mower operates via batteries. It uses sensors combined with a timer to cut grass within a particular area. To mark the boundaries, you simply install a wire on your lawn. The mower detects an electric signal emitted by the wire.

Miimo also has onboard panoramic sensors that can detect and stop the mower before it collides with an object. The mower also features an anti-theft measure. When Miimo is lifted from the ground, the sensors send a signal to an alarm. Then, it shuts off the mower. The only way to get it to start again is with a PIN number.

The Miimo can tackle lawns up to one acre, which gives it an advantage over other robotic lawnmowers as most can only handle smaller lawns. There are five different cutting modes on the Miimo—Edge, Spiral, Directional, Random and Mixed.

The Miimo is expected to be released in the United States in June. No word yet on when it will be available to us Aussies.

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