Blog: Honda's new driverless model: Miimo
Dave Leggett | 20 August 2012
There's another reminder today that Honda sees itself as a research company first and foremost. Applications for the clever stuff that Honda can develop are wide and not just involving cars and motorcycles.
Who can, for example, fail to be impressed by the technological prowess that is ASIMO? Honda's humanoid-ish robot was lauded a while back for being able to run and negotiate stairs, technically very tricky stuff. I expect, by now, he's moved on to keeping the garden in check and cooking breakfast.
Actually, the garden thing isn't at all far fetched. The future is here, as they say. Honda is to enter the fast-growing European robotic lawn mower market with the introduction of Honda Miimo, its first commercial robotic product for domestic use.
Honda Miimo operates a ‘continuous cutting' system, typically mowing just 2-3mm of grass at a time, several times each week. It cuts in a random pattern, meaning less stress on the grass, more healthy growth and reduced moss and weeds. Liking it.
And get this, unlike a traditional lawn mower it doesn't need to collect cuttings, as the clippings it creates are so small that they are dispersed into the lawn root system, breaking down quickly to act as a natural fertiliser which improves the health and quality of the grass.
Honda Miimo navigates the garden through an intelligent combination of controls, timers and real-time sensory feedback. It works within a boundary wire, installed under the ground or in the grass around the perimeter of the garden. Honda Miimo detects the electronic signal in the wire and stays within it, ensuring high levels of safety and accuracy. Powered by a lithium-ion battery, it is self-charging, constantly monitoring its battery level and returning to its docking station when it needs to recharge.
Pour yourself a beer and admire your perfect lawn.
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