Ecovacs Goat G1
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The Ecovacs brand is best known in France for its cleaning robots, such as the most advanced of its range, the Deebot X1 Omni. During an event, the manufacturer announced this week that it was embarking on the production of robotic mowers for the garden and presented a first model with characteristics similar to robotic vacuum cleaners.
Unlike most robotic lawnmowers, the Ecovacs Goat G1 does not use a guide wire to be positioned around the mowing surface to locate itself, and it is also able to detect objects and other obstacles such as games, people or small animals. It is equipped with two cameras, one with a wide “fisheye” angle of 150° and a range of 100 meters, while the second, placed above the device, offers a 360° panoramic view.
For localization, the robot is helped by an accessory to be placed in the middle of the surface to be mowed. It communicates with this pole-shaped beacon via ultra-wideband waves and also uses GPS positioning. The user can then define more precisely the limits of the area to be mowed thanks to an application which displays the cartography of the garden. According to Ecovacs, this operation requires less than 30 minutes for a 600 m² garden.
600 square meters is also the daily cutting capacity of the Goat G1. It moves in an organized way, reminiscent of the navigation of the latest generation robot vacuum cleaners. The camera can act as a surveillance camera. Few details are provided on this feature, but it should be possible to guide the robot and view live video from the app; there is also talk of a 24-hour monitoring function.
As for more classic features, the Goat G1 has drive wheels and a cutting width of 22 centimeters for an adjustable height of 3 to 6 centimeters. It supports inclinations up to 45% and has an IPX6 waterproof rating.
Pricing has yet to be revealed by Ecovacs, but the Goat G1 robotic lawnmower will go on sale in China and Europe in March 2023. It will compete with Husqvarna’s NERA-line robotic lawnmowers, which will release also at the beginning of the year and also have a satellite guidance system to overcome the guide wire.