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Japanese firm shows off GPS-guided robotic lawn mower for golf courses

Japanese company Mamiya-OP Co Ltd plans to release a GPS-guided robot able to cut lawns at golf courses
By: Michael Hatamoto | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Dec 14, 2014 6:27 pm

Japanese company Mamiya-OP plans to begin selling a pricey robotic lawn mower that will be able to autonomously take care of golf courses. Mamiya-OP partnered with Jacobsen, a company that manufacturers golf course lawn mowing products, to create the "Robot Mower for Five Successive Fairways."

 

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Mamiya-OP said customers could be able to pay off purchasing one unit within three years, as the robot mower is able to travel up to 6 m.p.h. along a preset route. Utilizing a GPS, three-axis gyroscope and encoder, the robot mower has sensors so it is able to spot - and avoid - humans and other obstacles on the course.

 

The lawn mower utilizes a custom autonomous driving system and each unit will cost between $70,000 and $90,000.

NEWS SOURCES:Japantoday.com, Kimigolf.com

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