Park Your Self-Driving Electric Car Next to Your Self-Driving Electric Lawn Mower

By Monica Boyd

A centuries-old Swedish company is remaining relevant with an array of robotic mowers

Photo: Courtesy of Husqvarna
Husqvarna, a 300-year-old company, is now offering robotic, self-driving lawn mowers.

Industrial conglomerate Husqvarna has been in business for over 300 years, since it was founded in its namesake southern Swedish town as a rifle manufacturer in the late 17th century. The company has since gone on to produce everything from sewing machines to motorcycles.

In its effort to stay at the technological forefront and respond to consumer desire for quieter, less polluting, and more environmentally responsible equipment, the brand has recently expanded its outdoor power tool lineup to offer options that run on cordless electric power.

These devices now include an assortment of leaf blowers, weed whackers, pole saws, and chainsaws, all with rechargeable and swappable batteries (the same pack fits in the entire range). One battery pack lasts as long as a tank of gas, extra packs can be charged for longer use, and there’s even a battery backpack with ten batteries for daylong projects. Because the motors are electric, they’re more efficient than gas-powered options, they provide more consistent power (electric motors make all of their torque immediately, without having to rev up), and though the products are more expensive initially, they’re cheaper to run and require less maintenance. Also, they vibrate less, meaning less arm strain and fatigue for users.

Husqvarna even offers an array of battery-powered lawn mowers (ranging from $2,000 to $3,500), capable of cutting lots of one-third to one and one-quarter acres on a single charge. They can work in all weather, on uneven ground, and on grades of up to 30 percent. The best part is, these lawn mowers are autonomous—robotic and self-driving. Some can be controlled with an app that displays the mower’s status and allows you to start, stop, or park it from anywhere you desire. It even sends you an alarm and allows you to track the mower’s position with GPS in case of theft. As we move toward our battery-powered, self-driving automotive future, why not start with our lawns? For more visit

Posted February 16, 2017

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