Robotic landscaping startup Scythe emerges from stealth with $13.8M raise – TechCrunch
Founded in 2018, Scythe Robotics emerged from stealth today by announcing a $ 13.8 million increase in Series A. The round was led by Inspired Capital and includes True Ventures, Zigg Capital and Lemnos. It increases total funding for the Boulder, Colorado-based landscaping robot company to $ 18.6 million, including $ 4 million in seed capital also led by True Ventures.
The startup’s first product is an autonomous mower that is offered to customers via a Robot-as-a-Service (RaaS) model. The method is becoming increasingly popular in the corporate and industrial sectors and essentially offers customers robotics via a rental model that includes regular updates and maintenance. Interestingly, the company calculates customers based on the hectares mown.
The mower has eight HDR cameras and a variety of sensors that are used to avoid people, animals and various obstacles that it might encounter while working. Of course, all of these sensors also contain a wealth of data collections which, among other things, aim to increase the efficiency of the robot. Landscaping is a relatively low hanging fruit for robotics. There is certainly a lot to be said about automating the process for those with large swathes of land. Toro in particular recently acquired Left Hand Robotics, and iRobot announced its own (since delayed) robotic lawnmower.
“So far, commercial landscapers have not had a technology partner who would enable them to keep pace with demand and work emission-free. We are that partner, ”said Co-Founder and CEO Jack Morrison in a press release. “Our autonomous mower gives them the opportunity to grow their business while staying green. It was designed from the ground up to be an order of magnitude more reliable, productive and safer than any existing machine by combining state-of-the-art autonomy with a robust, all-electric design.
The funding will be used to increase the number of employees in the Colorado, Texas and Florida offices, research and develop additional products, and introduce the mower to new customers.