According to a detailed 84-page filing, various configurations are on the table, including all-electric model and a gasoline-electric hybrid. The filing also depicts several acoustic and optical sensors that will allow the robot to “avoid hard surfaces, water and other barriers,” in addition to its main job: cut grass. The robot can even sense uncut grass and make sure the blades are aligned properly.
Other features gleaned from the filing by Robot Stock News:
- A possible edge trimmer along the outside edge of the chassis.
- The possibility of collecting clippings and depositing them at a specified location
- The possibility of using RFID tags or proximity sensors to avoid running into pets or people
- The possibility of learning your lawn in the first cutting and remembering it for future cuttings
- The inclusion of grass-combing technology to ensure that the grass is fluffed and properly oriented for cutting