Segway has introduced the brand’s first automated robotic lawnmower, called Navimow, destined to revolutionize the market. Navimow uses GPS and other sensors to stay within the perimeter of your lawn, eliminating the need for complicated perimeter wiring to keep the robot on the right patch of grass.
Using the app, you can connect Navimow with your smartphone, then draw up the virtual boundary for their robotic gardener. Segway’s GPS-based solution called Exact Fusion Locating System can maintain Navimow’s position accurately to within two centimeters. If its GPS signal is temporarily weak, the robot uses onboard sensors to keep it moving around the lawn with a positioning accuracy, with the user receiving a smartphone alert if the virtual perimeter is breached.
Segway claims Navimow uses a smart navigation algorithm that can plan the most efficient cutting route and make changes on the fly, eliminating repetitive movements and delivering results that impress. This algorithm is also adaptive and capable of adjusting to changing lawn conditions, increasing the mowing efficiency significantly.
The Navimow is also fitted with five safety sensors that detect and navigate obstacles and a hub motor that easily allows it to climb slopes up to 45%. Its top model has a 10,400 mAh battery capacity, enabling the mower to cover 3,000 square meters (32,300 square feet) of lawn on each charge.
The robotic lawnmower has offset blades that let it cut as close as possible on a lawn’s edges. Its Blade Halt technology can detect things in the grass like pets, toys, or kids and stop the mower’s blades from spinning. It operates relatively quietly at 54 dB. It is also IPX6 waterproof rated, so it can simply be rinsed off when need be.
Segway is releasing four versions of its mower. The entry-level H500E, priced at €1,199 (US$1,400), is designed for lawns of up to 500 square meters (about 5,380 square feet), while the top-shelf, 10.4-Ah H3000E can mow lawns up to 3000 square meters (about 33,000 square feet) with a price tag of €2499 (or $2,969), with those in-between priced at €1,499 and €2,000 (US$1,800 and $2,400). However, Segway hasn’t said yet when the Navimow would be available in the US.