Arkansas State University has added autonomous lawn mowers to its fleet of grounds maintenance equipment, supplementing its regular mowers.
The university deployed three Husqvarna automowers during the holiday break, and three more are expected to be added later in the spring, according to a news release from A-State. The autonomous mowers operate continuously for four and a half hours of mowing before they need to be charged for an hour. Their use is expected to reduce fuel use as well as air and noise pollution on campus. They cost between $10 and $50 per mowing season to operate, depending on electricity costs.
Each of the units have an 11-inch mowing width and use GPS technology to navigate the area they are assigned to mow.