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Honda enters European robotic lawn mower market with Li-ion-powered Miimo

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Honda Motor Europe is entering the fast-growing European robotic lawn mower market with the introduction of Honda Miimo, its first commercial robotic product for domestic use. The electric Honda Miimo cuts little and often, typically mowing 2-3mm of grass at a time, several times each week.

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Miimo. Click to enlarge.

It cuts in a random pattern, meaning less stress on the grass, more healthy growth and reduced moss and weeds. Unlike a traditional lawn mower it doesn’t need to collect cuttings, as the clippings it creates are so small that they are dispersed into the lawn root system, breaking down quickly to act as a natural fertilizer which improves the health and quality of the grass.

Honda Miimo navigates the garden through a combination of controls, timers and real-time sensory feedback. It works within a boundary wire, installed under the ground or in the grass around the perimeter of the garden. Honda Miimo detects the electronic signal in the wire and stays within it. Powered by a high performance, long-life lithium-ion battery, it is self-charging, constantly monitoring its battery level and returning to its docking station when it needs to recharge.

Uniquely, Honda Miimo features a fan, built-in to its blade holder, which creates airflow to effectively ‘suck’ the grass towards the blades. This is intended to provide a superior finish and a more consistent distribution of clippings back into the root system. Additionally, in a first in the market, it uses three highly durable blades, which bend rather than shatter on impact with hard objects, eliminating the danger of pieces of broken blade being left on the lawn. Cutting height is adjustable between 20mm and 60mm, to suit the conditions and time of year.

Honda Miimo operates using one of three modes: random, directional or mixed, to suit the size and type of garden. Random mode sees it navigate the lawn without a fixed pattern; in directional mode, it moves back and forth in a more uniform fashion to ensure a faster cut. Mixed mode allows intervals of random and directional cutting.

Honda Miimo features three independent 360 degree bump sensors, which detect a solid contact between it and any obstacle. If a bump sensor is activated, it will stop, turn and move away from the point of contact in a different direction.

Honda Miimo can ascend slopes up to 24 degrees, and when it encounters patches of thick or long grass it will automatically reduce wheel speed but maintain blade speed in order to deal with tough areas effectively.

Both safety and security are assured by two lift sensors which are triggered if Honda Miimo leaves the ground. On activation it shuts down completely, an alarm sounds, and it cannot be used until the owner inputs a unique PIN. In line with new European regulations this means that it cannot be picked up while the blades are turning, and it is rendered useless in the event of theft.

At launch, Honda Miimo will be available in two models, 300 and 500, offering a maximum perimeter cut of 300m and 500m respectively. Honda Miimo 500 will mow up to a total lawn size of 3,000 square meters, around half the size of a typical soccer field, making it suitable for a wide variety of gardens.

Honda Miimo will be manufactured by Honda France Manufacturing in Orlean. It will be available from Honda Authorized Dealers in the UK and Europe in early 2013.



This is a very smart idea, specially that it will crate a lot less GHG and noise than current ICE units and will not consume liquid fuel.

It could easy be programmed to operate after 9:30 am ONLY.

USA needs a few million NOW.


correction...change crate for create ......


If this technology becomes widespread the rate of obesity which is already sky rocketing will only increase, along with diabtetese and heart disease.


No Mannstein. It was recently discovered that inputs over outputs is not the only reason why so many (45% to 50%) people in modern societies are obese. Many are apparently born predisposed (with too many fat cells) to become obese. The proximity to various man-made chemicals during pregnancy seems to be the main cause. That nice new car smell may be one of many of them. Apparently, you can starve the extra fat cells and make them temporarily smaller but you cannot get rid of them, they will gain size/weight as soon as you eat again. That would explain the persistent yo-yo effects of most diets.

Bad eating habits coupled with extra fat cells at birth can and will make you morbidly obese even if you (God save your neighbors) mow your lawn every day. It may be wise to check what environment your mother was subjected to while you were developing.


" The electric Honda Miimo cuts little and often, typically mowing 2-3mm of grass at a time, several times each week."

3mm is 0.118110236 inches, so a mower would need to run 24/7 in the open to mow a lawn of any significant size.

Hopefully all parts will be serial numbered and GPSed, to aid in locating their new pawn shop homes.


kelly ... do you have the maths with slow growing grass and the Miimo working standard 8 h/day shifts 5 days a week?


32,000 sq. ft. is a fair size lawn?

Larger lawns (above 32,000 sq. ft.) would justify a remote controlled tractor or 2+ Miimos?


A certain amount of excercise reduces appetite as has been shown in a number of public health studies. Every little bit helps in keeping fit and reducing the cost of health care. Canadians living in large cities definitely get more excercise than in the US where everyone drives a car to get to the corner grocery. My observation in visiting Montreal, for instance, is that the people there are a lot slimmer than in most US urban settings. In terms of chemicals the exposure in the two countries is probably about the same.


From latest stats, about 30% of Canadians are obese versus about 46% in USA. As in USA the percentage varies from one province/city to another. The exposure to various chemicals lags by about 10 to 15 years in most Canadian cities versus USA's. If nothing is done, Canada's obesity percentage should reach 46% by 2025/2027 or so.

The obesity percentage is going up fast in Montreal since immigration from H.... has reached over 100,000 instead non-obese slim immigrants from Vietnam and Asia some 20+ years ago. Vancouver, with more Asian non-obese immigrants, is going the opposite way and probably has the lowest obese percentage of any large Canadian city.

Not too many in depth studies have been completed to determine all obesity sources. Up to now, almost everybody assumed that it was due to bad living and eating habits. That was enough to drive many flourishing 'Diet' and 'Exercise' and 'Cosmetic Surgery' businesses while keeping health care organisation and insurances very busy and happy with their growth rate. Those two limited assumptions and the increasing obesity rate seem to please many.

Public health care will soon realize that obesity is extremely costly and will be interested in finding new ways to control/reduce it.


I forgot....private pension funds really like obese people because, on the average, they die younger and draw fewer pension cheques.

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