Precise Path Robotics, an Indianapolis-based company, unveiled the creation of the RG3 robotic greens mower, the very first fully automated robotic golf course conditioning and maintenance mower, at the 2009 Golf Industry Show in New Orleans last week.
The Precise Path RG3 combines robotic technology with an industry proven cutting unit to produce a consistent and accurate cut every time while enabling superintendents to realize dramatic increases in productivity and efficiency.
“The RG3 will advance golf course maintenance to a degree not seen since the advent of the gasoline engine,” said Brian Wheat, Precise Path’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Our technology will undoubtedly help golf course superintendents achieve uniformity and outstanding course conditions while allowing crew workers to tackle other tasks during the greens-mowing process, such as raking bunkers, plantings, turf repair, and so on.
“By using a proprietary positioning technology that trumps GPS, the RG3 moves precisely and safely across the green – travelling in straight lines and along the perimeter without the need for a human operator.”
Operation of the RG3 robotic greens mower is easy. Prior to mowing, an operator places four beacons, each about the size of a bowling pin, in predetermined, fixed locations around the green. Then the operator simply presses “start” and the RG3 automatically performs the mowing operation according to exact specifications set by the superintendent. During mowing, the mower remains in constant communication with the beacons to help guide its precise movement across the green.