BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Toro is bringing new innovation to the residential yard care category with the launch of a robotic mower that offers cutting-edge, easy to deploy technology and never-before-seen features. With more than a century of delivering innovative solutions for the outdoor environment, Toro’s new robotic, battery-powered mower represents 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 & Landscape Contractor Business and Center for Technology, Research and Innovation (CTRI) at The Toro Company.
The new robotic mower, available to consumers in spring 2023, is a culmination of years of research and development and features industry-leading capabilities. With the industry’s first vision-based localization system and wire-free navigation, the setup is easy and tailored to each yard without a pricey and failure-prone 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.
Another exciting feature is the dedicated smartphone app that 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, the robotic mower offers unmatched efficiency through its patented Smart ZonesTM 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.
This robotic mower category is becoming more popular in the United States. With robotic mowers primarily used for mid-size, residential lawns, the category is expected to grow significantly in the next 10 years as the technology develops to deliver accuracy and efficiency at an affordable price.
This new mower will join Toro’s many other powerful and energy-efficient yard care tools, including its 60V Flex-Force Power System®, a full lineup of cordless products with one interchangeable battery, as well as its new Revolution Series of battery-powered commercial lawn care equipment. Toro’s autonomous technology is expanding to other outdoor environments, such as golf courses, where field testing of the GeoLink Solutions Autonomous Fairway Mower is underway.
The new autonomous mower, available in red or charcoal gray, will be available for purchase in spring 2023 with pre-orders beginning fall of 2022. Learn more at www.smartyard.toro.com.