iRobot, the company that has brought us robotic vacuums like the Roomba has had plans for years to develop an autonomous robotic lawn mower. Now they are just one step closer after receiving FCC approval to build its first robotic lawn mower.
Why FCC approval? Well, the robotic lawn mower would wirelessly communicate with signal beacons to understand its boundaries and not veer off to cut your neighbors grass or worse, the asphalt road or concrete driveway.
Robotic mowers aren’t anything new in other parts of the world, with Europe having access to them for a few years now and even here in the United States you can purchase one but they require expensive and labor intensive underground fences. The iRobot branded grass mower is looking to change this by offering a much easier installation method if things go as planned.
We have reached out to iRobot with a lot of questions that we have around the development, pricing, and potential release date of the iRobot Lawn Mower. While they could not provide any details yet for the unannounced product, they did provide us the following;
iRobot is pleased with the FCC’s decision to grant our request for a waiver of Section 15.250(c) to use low power wideband technologies in the outdoor environment. The FCC’s assessment agrees with our analysis that the technology will not have a negative impact on radio astronomy. iRobot is constantly working to develop new practical robotic solutions that are designed to improve people’s lives, both inside and outside of the home. The FCC’s decision will allow iRobot to continue exploring the viability of wideband, alongside other technologies, as part of a long-term product exploration effort in the lawn mowing category.
While not exactly what we were looking for, it does confirm the FCC request was approved and does confirm their interested in an outdoor mower.