How Does Husqvarna Automower® GPS Assisted Navigation Work?
What exactly is GPS assisted navigation and how does it help deliver optimal results? Here’s everything you need to know about GPS and robot mowers
From the phones in our pockets to wireless routers and satellite navigation, the exact positioning of people, places and property has never been easier, nor more accurate, thanks to GPS technology.
But why is GPS assisted navigation important for Husqvarna Automower®, and how does it help deliver optimal results for your lawn? Featured as standard in the Husqvarna X-line series Automower®, here’s everything you need to know about GPS and its integration with the robot mower.
What Is GPS and How Does it Work?
GPS (Global Positioning System) has been around for decades, powering so much of what we do and how we do it. But, unfortunately, it’s an acronym many of us take for granted. Still, its application in everyday tasks has driven technology to new heights.
To help unravel the secrets of how GPS assisted navigation helps propel the Automower® around lawns, let’s start by taking a closer look at GPS and how it works.
How Does GPS Work?
To really dive deep, GPS is the American satellite constellation consisting of uses 31 different Global Positioning Satellites that orbit the Earth to create the Basic GPS Service and provides a 95% accuracy rate of up to 7.8m. This involves 3 of the 31 satellites emitting signals to Earth-based receivers. The time difference it takes to receive the satellite's signal is computed using onboard atomic clocks to provide a time-based location.
However, some receivers use a fourth satellite that provides even more accurate data of longitude, latitude, altitude and time. As accuracy continues to improve and technology advances, automation becomes more and more of a reality.
What does this mean for your Husqvarna Automower®?
GPS assisted navigation is used to create a map of your garden, then using a randomised pattern, the Automower® builds an image of the layout of the lawn to ensure uniform coverage. This mowing technique gives a lush, carpet-like finish, month after month.
How GPS Provides a Perfect Finish
By creating a detailed map of your lawn and the different areas it needs to maintain, the Automower® works by using a randomised cutting pattern. When using a traditional lawn mower, the user typically creates stripes or lines that cause the grass to grow in one direction.
The randomised cutting technique cuts the grass from many directions, creating a thicker, denser finish that looks natural and aesthetically pleasing. As the Automower® cuts the lawn regularly, only the most tender grass blades are clipped, returning nutrition to the ground and preventing balding or patchiness due to grass going to seed. This method also prevents the growth of weeds as they are unable to grow and pollinate.
Every inch of the lawn is taken care of - all while being fully trackable online and navigating narrow passages, steep inclines and uneven ground. When combined with the in-built remote object detection settings, planters, garden furniture and pets are kept safe.
The Benefits of GPS in Robot Lawn Mowers
GPS brings several valuable benefits to robot lawn mowers that improve overall efficiency and security:
- Real-time tracking of your Automower® location via the smartphone app
- Geofence tracking - setting off real-time alerts and location tracking when the robot mower leaves the set perimeter area
- You can start, stop and park your Automower® from anywhere in the world
- Lawn mapping and assisted navigation, creating an even, lush cut every time.
Besides covering every square inch of the lawn it’s placed on, GPS enables the Automower® owner to view data covering past and current use. Creating a virtual map of the lawn can optimise mowing times without compromising on lawn finish.
Security also plays a key role, with GPS signals giving regular updates whenever the Automower® is lifted or removed from its specified working area. Combined with an in-built alarm and user pin, it makes the robot mower extremely secure from potential theft. Another thing to note is that your Automower® is only compatible with its paired charging station, rendering it useless and unusable.
Start Your Journey Toward a Healthier Lawn
GPS assisted navigation is helping homeowners and greenspace professionals take back control of their lawns, saving both time and energy. With the Husqvarna Automower® X-line range, GPS assisted navigation comes as standard. For a standard line Automower®, it can be purchased as an optional accessory.
Start your journey toward a healthier lawn today with the Automower® and GPS assisted navigation by visiting your local Husqvarna dealer or viewing the full range online and discover more.