If you’re waiting for the white Christmas, you’re not alone. Lumebot (read more) snow-robots in the Tehnopol Science and Business Campus in Tallinn and in South-Estonia also miss the snow to prove themselves by removing it.
“In November, our robots began serving the first paying customers. Our robot is well-suited for all year round cleaning of sidewalks, parking lots, parks, and squares,” Lumebot co-founder Kaspar Kikerpill explained to Estonian newspaper Postimees.
According to Estonian tech news portal Forte, Lumebot plans to expand globally, targeting snowy Nordic countries: Finland, Sweden and Norway, and in a few years North America.
Lumebot is an autonomous street clearing robot that can work regardless of the season, writes e-Estonia. It can clean areas from trash, leaves etc and also maintain the level of cleanliness. According to Kikerpill, the solution is aimed more at business and university campuses and real-estate management companies. However, it would be equally time- and cost-saving for local municipalities as well. The snow-shovelling robots can complete their tasks without any external sensors and are ready to work from the word “Go!”.
One robot weighs 500 kilograms and it can work 2 hours straight, cleaning an area of 5000 square meters or 12 kilometers of sidewalks. It can work in a fleet and can be equipped with both, a snowplow or a vacuum sweeper.
The Lumebot is, of course, equipped with a multitude of sensors to ensure the safety of pedestrians and other moving vehicles alike, as well as to protect the robot itself. For extra protection, the first robots roaming around the Tehnopol Campus will also be accompanied by a human supervision in the beginning. Additionally, it comes with other practical features like a gravel dispenser to fight ice in winter, and it produces no noise pollution.
The company is currently raising seed funding to increase its fleet of commercially viable robots.