Autonomous and Electric Lawn Mower from Graze. Graze – a new start-up bringing intelligence, automation, and sustaiGraze – a new start-up bringing intelligence, automation, and sustainable solutions to commercial landscaping introduced in Sep 2020, a new lawn mower model that is automated and electric.
The evolution of the first Graze fully autonomous, electric lawn mower expands the design to increase efficiency and maintenance speed for mid-to-large sized commercial lawns, enhances cutting blades to perfect trim precision, adds new sensor capabilities to increase safety, improves GPS based mapping and computer vision, while optimizing intelligent and applicable insights through advanced machine learning capabilities.
According to analyst estimations, landscaping services in the United States generated $101.7 billion in revenue in 2020, with commercial landscaping services (maintenance and general services) accounting for 40 to 60% of the overall landscaping service business in the United States. Despite the significant chance to profit from a $53 billion market, commercial lawn mowing has remained unaffected.
Small profit margins, workforce constraints, and increased scrutiny of environmental impact have resulted in a dearth of effective solutions. To solve these issues, Graze developed an initial porotype model that combined artificial intelligence and robotics to build a completely autonomous commercial lawnmower. On the crowdfunding platform SeedInvest, the early design piqued the interest of major operators as well as private investors. To deliver a sustainable solution to the commercial market, the new model will expand the design with additional optimized features and incorporate in-the-field feedback from industry leaders.
“We are living in a new era of artificial intelligence that stands to transform age-old industries,” said John Vlay, CEO for Graze Mowing. “Robotics and automation open up a world of efficiency, and when you apply intelligence, traditional models can be completely re-imagined. I’ve been in commercial landscaping for more than 35 years, and can confidently say we built a lawnmower that will bring a new level of quality and safety to the market, and we are doing it sustainably. We are excited to unveil the future of commercial lawnmowing with our new Graze commercial mower.”
The new model has a better battery life than the previous model. Graze has created a new model that uses an easy user interface to continually learn and apply data, enhancing lawn care and providing new optimization options for fleet managers. The new Graze commercial lawn mower uses machine learning, computer vision, and a robust sensor system to map job sites, plan and execute mowing paths, avoid obstacles and dangerous inclines (i.e. trees, terrain, people, etc.) while continuously collecting and applying data to improve aesthetic quality and efficiency.
The new model, which is entirely powered by electric and solar panels, allows owners to maximize earnings by deploying mowers during evening hours. Carbon emissions and fuel expenses are both dramatically reduced. Graze’s electric mowers would be equivalent to removing over 37 million cars from the road if a fleet of 1000 mowers were replaced with Graze’s electric mowers.
Wavemaker Partners, a worldwide venture capital fund with $400 million in assets under management, and Wavemaker Labs, a robotics and automation-focused venture studio are the principal investors in Graze. Jensen Landscaping, Miso Robotics, SpaceX, and Microsoft executives and founders make up the company’s experienced robotics and commercial landscaping team. SeedInvest, an equity crowdfunding platform, was used to initiate the company’s seed capital fundraising. Through equity crowdfunding, any individual can invest in the company without large upfront costs. The democratized venture capital model allows everyday investors to be pioneers in the most cutting-edge technologies like robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence. To date, more than $2M has been raised from individual investors, with pre-orders totally over $19 million via LOIs and Commercial Contracts.
Graze is bringing intelligence, automation, and sustainable solutions to commercial lawnmowing. Their commercial lawnmower delivers a fully autonomous, solar, and electric powered lawn mower with continuous learning capabilities to optimize commercial landscaping – capitalizing on a $53B market opportunity. Graze is backed by the lead investor, Wavemaker Partners, a global Venture Capital fund with $400M AUM, and Wavemaker Labs, an automation-focused venture studio. The company features a seasoned team of robotics and commercial landscaping expertise made up of executives and founders from Jensen Landscaping, Miso Robotics, SpaceX, and Microsoft.