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In order to accommodate the orders, the fledgling firm claims it will expand its Colorado-based production plant. It also notes that there has been significant interest in their lawn mowers from throughout the country.
Scythe Robotics‘ first product is an all-electric, fully autonomous mower. The company’s main goal is to make commercial-grade autonomous robotic solutions for landscaping.
Scythe’s total funding now stands at $18.6 million, thanks to a $13.8 million Series A investment round led by Inspired Capital and including previous backers True Ventures, Zigg Capital, and Lemnos.
The additional funding will be used to expand the business’s current operations in Texas, Florida, and Colorado; bring on new clients, and speed up the creation of new products that will completely change how commercial landscape professionals maintain outdoor spaces.
Scythe, which was founded in 2018 by Jack Morrison, Isaac Roberts, and Davis Foster, claims that the $105 billion commercial landscaping market, which has been hampered for years by painful labor shortages and hasn’t seen significant technological innovation in decades, is at a “pivotal moment” as a result of its establishment.
The Harvest Group and Scythe Advisor
Mowing is at the heart of a labor dilemma in the green business, according to Fred Haskett, a seasoned landscaping industry consultant with The Harvest Group and Scythe Advisor. Landscaping businesses that offer a full range of services may use up to 40% of their workers for mowing.
Scythe is a game-changer because it gives landscape contractors a tech-forward way to change their businesses and deal with labor shortages.
It has also been difficult to find sustainable solutions that enable commercial landscaping contractors to further reduce noise and fossil fuel emissions. For instance, running a gas-powered lawnmower for only one hour produces the same amount of air pollution as driving a vehicle over 100 miles.
The co-founder and CEO of Scythe, Jack Morrison, claims that commercial landscaping contractors have not yet found a technology partner that can help them meet demand and run emissions-free. That partner is us.
“Our self-driving mower enables them to expand their company while being environmentally friendly. With cutting-edge autonomy and a tough, all-electric architecture, it is built from the ground up to be orders of magnitude more dependable, more productive, and safer than any current machine.
The Scythe autonomous mower is intended to increase worker safety while simultaneously maintaining high staff productivity. The machine has eight HDR cameras and a number of other sensors. This lets it work safely in different situations by detecting people, animals, and other possible dangers and reacting to them.
The device simultaneously gathers useful information about the property and mower performance, which aids landscaping firms in streamlining workflow, seeing chances for upselling, creating more effective schedules, and controlling labor expenses.
With Scythe’s Robot as a Service (RaaS) business model, users pay by the number of acres they mow rather than purchasing robots altogether. Because of this, contractors spend much less on equipment maintenance and downtime.
Ivan Giraldo, co-founder, and president of Clean Scapes, one of the biggest landscape businesses in North America, based in Austin, Texas, says: “Scythe’s product will do just that. I have been actively looking for ways to help our front-line employees and make our operations run more smoothly.
I’ve been honest with the staff about the chance that autonomous mowers would present—getting them off the lawnmowers and into higher-value landscaping jobs would allow us to take on many new contracts.
Lucy Deland, a partner at Inspired Capital, says that commercial landscapers do a great job of taking care of the environment around us.
“We’re excited to work with Jack, Isaac, and Davis, three of the smartest people in robotics, as they work closely with their clients to make the future of landscaping more scalable and sustainable.”