iRobot Gets U.S. Regulatory Approval to Build a Robotic Lawn Mower

iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot

iRobot has designed a robot lawn mower that would operate outdoors and wirelessly connect with stakes in the ground with transmitters attached.

A robotic lawn mower seems like a thing of the future, but that might actually change in the not-so-distant future for the American consumers.

That’s because iRobot, the Bedford, Massachusetts-based creators of the Roomba automated vacuum, has received regulatory approval by the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to manufacture and sell robotic lawn mowers.

iRobot has designed a robot lawn mower that would operate outdoors and wirelessly connect with stakes in the ground with transmitters attached, operating as signal beacons guiding the robot on the ground in a specific area to trim the grass. The beacons can rise above the ground by as much as 24 inches (61 cm).

The automatic lawn mower has been under works for almost a decade. It was already mentioned as early as nine years ago in a Forbes.com article.

iRobot required permission from the Federal Communications Commission as they normally do not allow wideband systems that use low-power radio signals because there were concerns the device may interfere with other wireless technology. Because of this, iRobot required an exemption for its stake design, and the FCC ruled that iRobot’s robotic lawnmower would not create the wide area communications systems that it seeks to prevent because of the beacons’ low power radio frequency and relatively low height.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory had opposed iRobot’s waiver request, saying the company’s robotic lawn mowers would interfere with its telescopes that it operates. The company said its assessment show that there is an extremely low practical risk that the iRobot RLM system would cause harmful interference, according to the FFC document. iRobot also said it would notify users in the device’s instruction manual that the robotic lawn mower is only to be used in residential areas.

Meanwhile, iRobot envisages its devices as safe and more environmentally friendly than the current breed of machines, as they don’t use gasoline. They can also help disabled homeowners or the elderly maintain their properties, or just give consumers more free time.

However, it may be a while before iRobots lawn mower takes over lawns in America. The company has not disclosed any details on its future products hence an eventual timeline for release is unclear.

According to iRobot, the FCC’s permission will allow them to continue exploring the possibility of a product in the lawn mowing category alongside other technologies.

Carrie Ann
Carrie Ann is Editor-in-Chief at Industry Leaders Magazine, based in Las Vegas. Carrie covers technology, trends, marketing, brands, productivity, and leadership. When she isn’t writing she prefers reading. She loves reading books and articles on business, economics, corporate law, luxury products, artificial intelligence, and latest technology. She’s keen on political discussions and shares an undying passion for gadgets. Follow Carrie Ann on Twitter, Facebook

Recent Posts

Supply chain crisis bad news for automotive industry leaders

Supply chain crisis bad news for automotive industry leaders

The world’s biggest car companies are on track to lose production of 7.7 million vehicles in 2021. The forecast advices automakers on supply chain and other issues.
2 days ago
Scammers dupe Apple fans with free bitcoin lure

Scammers dupe Apple fans with free bitcoin lure

Savvy scammers used a fake event stream, a fake Apple website, and the promise of free bitcoin to lure fans into opening up their wallets.
3 days ago
Japan’s MUFG offloads Union Bank to U.S. Bancorp for $7.3 billion

Japan’s MUFG offloads Union Bank to U.S. Bancorp for $7.3 billion

The total amount of cash to be received as part of MUFG Union Bank’s sale to Bancorp is $7.3 billion (800 billion yen).
4 days ago
Evergrande: A black swan event that could spook markets

Evergrande: A black swan event that could spook markets

EverGrande is now known as the “world’s most indebted property developer” and serves as a symbol of corporate excess.
5 days ago
Moderna vaccine more effective than Pfizer, study says

Moderna vaccine more effective than Pfizer, study says

Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine does a slightly better job of preventing coronavirus-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits.
7 days ago
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro: Specifications, Release Date, Features and much more

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro: Specifications, Release Date, Features and much more

Apple iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max can be a hit with its ever new technology A15 Bionic chip and other cool profound features.
1 week ago