Robotic landscaping startup Scythe comes out of stealth with $ 13.8 million raise – TechCrunch

Founded in 2018, Scythe Robotics comes out of stealth today by announcing a $ 13.8 million Series A raise. The round was led by Inspired Capital and includes True Ventures, Zigg Capital and Lemnos. That brings the total funding for the Boulder, Colo.-Based landscaping robotics company to $ 18.6 million, including a $ 4 million startup, also led by True Ventures.

The startup’s first product is a stand-alone mower, offered to customers via a Robot-as-a-Service (RaaS) model. The method is becoming increasingly popular in the enterprise and industrial space, essentially offering customers robotics through a rental model that includes regular updates and maintenance. Interestingly, the company’s customers bill on the basis of the acres mowed.

The mower is equipped with eight HDR cameras and a variety of sensors designed to help avoid people, animals, and various obstacles it may encounter on the job. Naturally, all these sensors are also accompanied by a multitude of data allowing, among other things, to increase the efficiency of the robot. Landscaping is a relatively low fruit for robotics. There is certainly a lot to be said about automating the process for those with large tracts of land. Toro, in particular, recently acquired Left Hand Robotics, and iRobot announced its own (since delayed) robotic mower.

“To date, commercial landscape contractors have not had a technology partner that allows them to meet demand and operate emissions-free. We are that partner, ”Co-Founder and CEO Jack Morrison said in a statement. “Our autonomous mower gives them the opportunity to develop their business, while remaining green. It’s designed from the ground up to be an order of magnitude more reliable, productive and safe than any existing machine by incorporating state-of-the-art runtime with a rugged, all-electric design.

Funding will go towards increasing staffing in its Colorado, Texas and Florida offices, R&D on other products and introducing the mower to new customers.

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