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While the U.S. commercial landscaping industry is worth it $ 100 billion, it is trapped in serious financial difficulties. Its outdated equipment depends on craftsmanship, the high variability of which leads to a rise staff costs. Even industry-leading companies are plotting profit margins 10 percent or less. But Graze’s Artificial intelligence mowing systems seem ready to revolutionize this technically stagnant sector.
Many landscapers would be pleased with the technological innovations, as most current commercial mowers have developed surprisingly little over the last century. For example, many ride-on mowers still use expensive diesel engines that can produce more than 34 times the average car’s CO2 emissions.
Squeezed between high fuel costs and manual labor, and with few carbon-neutral equipment options, more and more commercial landscaping equipment is facing a bleak economic future – a blatant reality that has created a clear and urgent demand for disruptive solutions.
Graz autonomous mowing systems can provide the disruptive answers this industry has been looking for – potentially saving many landscaping companies from economic devastation while reducing environmental impact and attracting thousands of investors along the way.
Industry in search of innovation
Even before COVID-19, American commercial landscaping companies faced significant economic challenges. In 2019, 13 percent reported no profit at all, while the majority said their profits fell over the past year.
Much of these problems are due to outdated technology. While commercial landscaping represents a $ 98.7 billion nationwide market, it has attracted surprisingly little technological innovation. Today’s landscape designers are still dependent on inefficient diesel-powered mowers that confuse expensive gallons of fuel and cough out. much more atmospheric carbon like cars do.
In addition, these lawn mowers require manual drivers – whose salaries take an average of 45% of a landscaping company’s revenue and calculations. Rising wages and labor shortages slice these profit margins even thinner – leaving many commercial landscapers desperate for solutions that produce an immediate end result.
Artificial intelligence lawn mower solution
As the commercial landscaping industry is still trapped between thin profit margins, high labor costs and tightening environmental constraints, a technical start-up called Pasture cutting may offer an exit hatch – in the form of a self-propelled electric lawn mower that can cut labor costs by up to 50 percent and completely eliminate 75 percent of fuel costs.
In fact, Graze currently manufactures the world’s only commercial-size stand-alone mower – designed specifically for golf courses, national teams and the landscaping companies that serve them. Graze lawnmowers are equipped with ultrasonic and sensors, odometer sensors and a safe and accurate view of the computer in commercial workplaces.
Each Graze mower can be controlled with a computer, tablet or smartphone. The mower moves at the touch of a button around the boundaries of the area it serves, tracing the edges and interiors in a series of parallel paths. One starting run is all the mower needs to map the space and take into account any obstacles such as trees and shrubs. From then on, it automatically cuts the same area at the touch of a button.
In addition, Graze mowers actively collect real-life data every time they mow. They feed this data into a centralized analysis console where machine learning algorithms analyze performance, detect inefficiencies, and plan more efficient routes for the next times. This means that the performance of each mower automatically improves over time – without human feedback.
An overview of the future of landscaping
Graz’s current generation of lawnmowers has already raised $ 5.5 million in capital from more than 4,000 investors – including Wavemaker Partners, a global venture capital fund that manages more than $ 500 million in assets. Under John Vlay, CEO of Graze Mower and a landscaping veteran with an extensive network of industrial connections, the company has already received a $ 19.35 million pre-order from landscaping facilities and a rural club.
With this wave, Graze has already developed a second-generation cutter equipped with laser imaging, detection and distance measurement (LIDAR) that allows it to detect and avoid smaller and / or faster moving objects. The Graze V-2 also has a 7-hour battery system and a customizable cutting deck that can be equipped with special equipment for trimming, edge trimming, snow blowing, mulch and more.
And that’s just the beginning of Graze’s overall picture. Utilizing real-world data that mowers collect on a daily basis, Graze is working hard to build an integrated artificial intelligence system that manages entire fleets of autonomous mowers – detecting and treating plant diseases, balancing workloads, and even monitoring weather data to coordinate and control automatic mowing. services where they are most needed.
Graze has opened up a limited opportunity today individual investors, which allows them to buy private stock for a fast – growing company in the $ 98.7 billion commercial landscaping market as well as the $ 14.16 billion golf market. Last time, Graze offered shares of the company for sale, and it quickly sold $ 3.88 million in shares. More than 3,300 investors have already bought 50 percent of the offers in this round – and the number of shares available is shrinking every day as the round approaches June 30th.
Self-propelled vehicles and electric power have already transformed the automotive industry – and commercial landscaping may well be next. Graz’s specialized machine learning, computerized vision and zero-emission electronic operating systems pave the way for a fully independent future in an industry that is in dire need of new solutions.
As labor costs continue to rise and staff shortages continue to rise, many landscaping companies may soon be left with no choice but to follow future-oriented competitors and invest in Graz’s promise of a more sustainable future.
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