Monday, June 14, 2010

Could a "Super-Mower" Cut the Grass Without You?

In the video above, I test a robotic utility vehicle built by John Deere built to assist the military. Right now, it's main mission is to aid with remote diffusing of explosive devices and resupply tasks.

But one day, this vehicle's technology could be used to cut your grass.

It's all part of the rise of the "Super-Mower" - where speedier cutting technology is practically de rigueur. Mower makers are now focused on mimicking the auto industry with cosmetic and creature comforts. Sun shades, iPod compartments, cruise control, chrome hub caps and even alternative fuels are all part of the mower mania.

Cutting-edge designs start at around $3,000 and go for more than $10,000—or roughly the cost of a 2010 Nissan Versa.