Stihl's Viking iMow will be at work on a large demonstration lawn. It can mow up to an acre of lawn, using intuitive programming to avoid obstacles and traverse hilly terain.
As soon as the iMow touches an obstacle, sensors under its movable hood determine the best direction for circumventing it and continuing on with the job at hand. An online tool lets gardeners make a layout drawing of their lawn and a planner will work out how long the job will take the iMow. The mower's charged battery lasts more than two hours.
Meanwhile visitors to the Honda stand at the showground will be able to meet robot mower Miimo which will be in action in the demonstration lawn area.
The robot has a 360 degree 'bump' sensor which helps it avoid obstacles like garden gnomes and children, and it can even return to the charging station to dock itself and replenish its batteries.