iRobot Corp Inc, the company behind the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, has been given approval by the US government to build and sell robot lawnmowers.
According to Reuters, the company has designed a robot lawnmower that connects wirelessly to stakes placed in the ground – which act as signal beacons and keep it on track.
While automatic grass-cutters are not new, the reason for the regulatory approval of the Roomba-like mower was due to its signal beacon stakes transmitting low-power radio signals.
“The [regulatory] assessment agrees with our analysis that the technology will not have a negative impact,” said iRobot’s spokesman.
No date for the roll-out of the robot lawnmowers was given.