Segway, known for its e-scooters of the same name, has entered the robotic lawn mower market with Navimow. Navimow requires no installation of boundary cords. Instead, it relies on EFLS (Exact Fusion Locating System) – a type of fusion locating technology. The locating module on the mower communicates simultaneously with the satellites and the antenna to form a stable triangular locating system and precisely position the mower.
“At the core of this technology is the use of GPS satellite signals to achieve outdoor positioning accurate to within two centimeters through real-time kinematics,” explains George Ren, general manager at Segway BU. However, thanks to built-in sensors and a wealth of information, the robot can operate stably even when the GPS signal is temporarily weak. A map in the app can be used to define precise zones and boundaries – in other words, where Navimow should work, where the boundaries are, and which zones in the garden it should avoid on its tour. “Once the working area in the garden has been defined, Navimow does not criss-cross, but rather determines a systematic mowing path thanks to its intelligent navigation algorithm and follows it,” Ren points out.
Navimow is designed for lawns up to 3/4 an acre, and is quiet at only 54 dB. The Frequent Soft Cut System (FSCS) ensures the desired height is reached gradually. Offset blades allow cutting as close as possible to edges and corners. Obstacles such as flower pots are automatically detected by the unit and bypassed; if children or pets get too close, Blade Halt technology immediately kicks in and the blades stop spinning. “With its five-centimeter-thick rubber all-terrain wheels, Navimow also easily masters inclines of 45%,” Ren says. The robotic lawnmower also features an IPX6 water resistance rating, meaning it can withstand rainfall, heavy splashing and high-pressure water jets, as well as spilled drinks. An installed rain sensor guides Navimow back to the charging station on rainy days. If necessary, however, the sensor can be switched off via the app and the robotic lawnmower can continue to work. If new exclusion zones – such as flower beds – are added, they can also be conveniently created via the app. A gradual expansion of the robotic mower product line is planned. For more information, visit here.