Greenzie, the developer of autonomous software for commercial lawnmowers and industrial equipment, reports that it will launch its 2.0 software on March 6, 2023, boosting its customers’ autonomous mowing capabilities and enabling landscapers to work more effectively, efficiently and safely.
The software update, sent over-the-air and automatically installed for all subscribers on March 6, will include:
- Job saving and reloading: Map an area once and mow all season with the press of a button on an easy-to-use interface with no app download required.
- Job continuation: Mower or job interrupted? Pick up where you left off easily.
- Advanced perception updates: A Machine Learning model with traffic cone detection in addition to the Greenzie existing redundant, rugged obstacle detection sensor stack.
- Improved turns: Using a Model Predictive Controller – a state-of-the-art robotic guidance system that accounts for wet grass and dusty conditions (and won’t rut the lawn).
- Enhanced safety: GPS jump detection, compensation and advanced sensor health checks.
- Improved dynamic local planner: For more efficient Y-turns and vehicle behaviors when the mower encounters unexpected obstacles.
“Our team of roboticists, software engineers and landscaping professionals have been working hard on continuous improvements. This update is simply a line in the sand to celebrate the features that our customers have asked for, helped us refine, and developed together to make their crews more productive,” says Charles Brian Quinn, Greenzie CEO and co-founder.
“All mowers across the nation get these updates and every day our technology gets better and better,” he continues. “I’m especially proud of the job reloading, it’s a feature that everyone asks for, and our team developed based on exactly what our best customers told us to build, in the field with them together, not off in a lab.”
Updates later in the 2023 season will also add:
- Dynamic handling of slopes in real-time: Will replan and retry, as a skilled operator might tackle the job on bigger slopes.
- Enhanced Job reloading features: Tweak starting point, change stripe angle, modify default speed – from the user’s phone without an app download.
- Multi-mower coordination: Send out two or more Greenzie-equipped mowers to seamlessly break up the big jobs and tackle it as a team.
- Record and repeat: Show the Greenzie-equipped mower exactly how a job is to be done, and it will cut the same time, every time.
- Live mowing progress: Real-time coverage stats, and plans, directly on the field when and where needed to see how the job gets done.
Greenzie is in production, on crews and in the field on the Wright Autonomous Stander ZK, the first Greenzie equipped mower based on the Wright Stander ZK. Additionally, Greenzie powered versions and upfits on commercial zero turn mowers from Bobcat, Scag and Mean Green Mowers will be available and in production by 2024, notes the company.