Frequently Asked Questions

For all questions about autonomous mowing machines or technical concepts about mowing machines. Vector Machines gives you text and explanation.

An autonomous mower is an automated lawn mower that works autonomously and uses sensors, GPS technology and artificial intelligence to determine the mowing route and cut the grass. Autonomous mowers are designed to operate independently without human intervention and can efficiently and accurately mow large areas of grass.

Most autonomous mowers are equipped with sensors that scan the environment and detect obstacles. Some models are also equipped with a camera that maps the environment and optimizes the mowing route. The GPS technology is used to determine the location of the machine and plan the mowing route. The artificial intelligence allows the autonomous mower to adapt to changes in the landscape, such as raised or lowered areas.

Autonomous mowers are usually equipped with wheels or tracks and can be controlled by an app on a smartphone or tablet. Most models are battery powered and do not require a power or fuel source. They are energy efficient and quiet, making them ideal for use in urban areas or noise-sensitive locations such as hospitals and schools.

In short, an autonomous mower is an innovative and automated solution for mowing large lawns and offers many advantages, including efficiency, accuracy and environmental friendliness.

An autonomous mower uses sensors and GPS technology to scan its surroundings and delineate the area where it needs to mow. It uses artificial intelligence to identify patterns and make mowing route decisions.

An autonomous mower and a radio-controlled mower are both automated lawnmowers, but there are some key differences between the two.

An autonomous mower works completely autonomously and does not require human operation to operate. It uses sensors and GPS technology to scan the environment and determine the mowing route. Autonomous mowers usually run on batteries and do not require a power or fuel source. They are often used for the maintenance of large surfaces such as sports fields, parks and golf courses.

A radio-controlled mower is remotely controlled by a human operator using a radio remote control. The operator must control the machine and determine the mowing route. Radio-controlled mowers are usually used for mowing steep slopes, hills and areas that are difficult for human mowers to reach.

Basically, the main difference between an autonomous mower and a radio controlled mower is that the former works completely autonomously without human intervention, while the latter relies on a human operator to operate.

An autonomous tool carrier with cutting deck is an automated lawnmower equipped with a trailer or tool carrier to perform additional tasks in addition to mowing grass. This type of self-propelled mower can be used for a variety of tasks, such as spreading fertilizer, sowing grass, clearing leaves, clearing snow and trimming shrubs.

The tool carrier is designed to tow different types of trailers or implements and can be adjusted to suit the user's needs. Some models have a hydraulic system that can be used to raise or lower the trailer or implement, while other models are equipped with a special connector to connect the trailer or implement.

Like a standard self-propelled mower, an autonomous tool carrier with a mowing deck uses sensors, GPS technology and artificial intelligence to determine the route and perform the tasks. The addition of a mowing deck allows the unit to be used for a variety of tasks and provides a versatile solution for maintaining gardens and green spaces.

In summary, an autonomous tool carrier with a mowing hood or cutting deck is an innovative and automated solution for the maintenance of gardens and green spaces, offering additional functions in addition to mowing grass.

A LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is an important sensor on an autonomous mower. It is an advanced laser system that uses light to measure distances and scan the environment. The LIDAR sensor emits laser beams and measures the time it takes for the beams to return, allowing the system to create an accurate map of the area around the mower.

The LIDAR sensor on an autonomous mower has several functions. It is used to measure the distance between the mower and any nearby obstacles such as trees, bushes, buildings, posts and other objects. This allows the autonomous mower to avoid obstacles and navigate around safely.

In addition, the LIDAR sensor can also be used to analyze the terrain and detect height differences. This helps create an accurate map of the terrain, allowing the autonomous mower to work more efficiently and react more quickly to changes in the landscape.

The LIDAR sensor on an autonomous mower thus plays an important role in detecting obstacles, navigating the environment and creating an accurate map of the terrain. It is an indispensable part of the advanced sensor technology used on modern autonomous mowers.

On the Vector autonomous mower GPS and LIDAR work together to determine the position of the mower and its environment. GPS (Global Positioning System) is a satellite navigation system that can be used to determine the location of an object on Earth. A LIDAR sensor, on the other hand, uses laser light to scan the area around the mower.

By combining GPS and LIDAR data, an autonomous mower can accurately determine its position and the environment in which it is located. The GPS data is used to determine the position of the mower on earth, while the LIDAR sensor is used to scan the area around the mower and detect obstacles.

The LIDAR sensor measures the distance to nearby objects and creates a detailed map of the environment in which the mower is located. This information is used to help the mower navigate and avoid obstacles. The GPS data is also used to help navigate the mower and determine the speed and direction of the mower.

Combining GPS and LIDAR data is essential for an autonomous mower to operate safely and accurately. The use of these advanced sensor technologies allows an autonomous mower to operate efficiently and effectively, without human intervention and with a high degree of precision.

If the GPS connection is lost when mowing grass under solar panels on a solar park with an autonomous mowing machine, the LIDAR is normally not able to immediately take over control. This is because GPS is the primary method for determining the location and position of the autonomous mower, while LIDAR is mainly used to scan the environment and detect obstacles.

However, the modern Vector autonomous mowers use multiple sensors and technologies to determine position and detect obstacles. If the GPS connection is lost, these systems can take over from GPS and continue to determine the position of the mower.

In addition, the Vector autonomous mowers are equipped with an inertial navigation system (INS) that can track the movement of the mower and determine its position based on accelerometers and gyroscopes. This ensures that the position is maintained if the GPS connection is lost. Because our Vector learns from the previous mowing routes, the mower will be able to determine where it is located on the basis of, among other things, the LIDAR, without the intervention of the GPS. In this way, the Vector will continue to mow excellently under the solar panels and as soon as the Vector receives GPS signals again, it will accurately determine its location and immediately correct any deviations (in centimeters).

If all sensors and technologies fail, the autonomous mower may be able to go into a safe mode, where it will stop working until the GPS connection is restored. In some cases, it may be necessary for an operator to manually control the mower to return it to an area with better GPS reception.

In short, while LIDAR cannot replace the GPS connection when it comes to determining the location and position of the autonomous mower, when combined with other sensors and technologies it can help maintain the safety and precision of the mower if the GPS connection is lost.

An autonomous mowing machine offers several advantages in tree nurseries, such as:

Time saving: An autonomous mowing machine can automatically mow the grass between the trees in the nursery without the need for an operator. This saves valuable time and allows staff to be used for other tasks.

Increased precision: The autonomous mower can be programmed to mow exactly where it is needed and to avoid obstacles. This reduces the risk of damage to the trees and other plants in the nursery.

Increased security: Because the autonomous mower can work independently, there is less chance of accidents and injury to personnel. In addition, autonomous mowers can be equipped with various sensors to detect and avoid obstacles.

Cost reduction: The use of an autonomous mower can lead to a reduction in labor and fuel costs. In the long run, this can result in significant savings.

Efficiency: An autonomous mowing machine can make mowing the grass between the trees in the nursery more efficient, because it does not need breaks and does not get tired. This allows the machine to run longer and more work can be done in less time.

In short, an autonomous mowing machine offers various benefits to tree nurseries, such as time savings, increased precision and safety, cost savings and efficiency. This makes it an attractive investment for nurseries looking for ways to optimize and improve their business processes.

The Vector autonomous tool carrier with mowing deck is (already fairly quickly) cheaper than a radio-controlled mowing machine. The rate at which the Vector pays for itself depends on several factors such as the size of the area to be mowed, the complexity of the terrain and the amount of mowing to be done.

An autonomous mowing machine will save on man-hours and fuel costs because it can operate autonomously without human intervention. This means there are no labor costs and less fuel is needed to operate the machine. It can also lead to increased productivity and efficiency, as the machine can continue to operate without breaks or fatigue.

Autonomous mowers are generally quieter than traditional lawnmowers. Most autonomous mowers make less than 60 decibels of noise, which is comparable to the sound of a normal conversation.

Yes, the Vector autonomous mower is very safe. Our Vector WD2.0 autonomous mower uses sensors to detect objects and can stop or change direction if necessary. Of course we always draw users' attention to safety, so it is still important to take safety precautions such as making sure there are no children or pets in the area while the machine is working.

The battery life of autonomous mowers depends on several factors, such as the size of the lawn and the thickness of the grass. In general, traditional autonomous mowers can run between 60 and 90 minutes before needing to be recharged. However, the Vector WD2.0 autonomous mower can mow continuously for 6 hours, when it will return to the docking station (charging station). There the Vector WD2.0 will then charge for 6 hours, to be able to mow autonomously again for another 6 full hours without interruption. This makes the Vector autonomous mower unique and extremely efficient and sustainable!

The price tag of an autonomous mowing machine for professional use can vary depending on several factors, such as the size and type of the machine, its functionality, the brand and the supplier. In general, the price of an autonomous mowing machine with tool carrier varies between EUR 80.000 and EUR 100.000.

These machines often have a larger cutting width and more features and capabilities, including higher speed and more advanced sensors and navigation systems.

Smaller autonomous mowing machines, such as those for private use, can start at around EUR 10.000 to EUR 20.000. These machines are often smaller and less powerful than larger mowers used on professional solar farms and can be used on smaller areas.

It's important to compare the price tag of a self-contained utility hood tool carrier with the potential long-term savings, such as savings in labor and fuel costs. Autonomous mowing machines can lead to higher efficiency and productivity, so that the investment in the machine can pay for itself in the long term.

The Vector WD2.0 self-contained tool carrier with cutting hood has several features and capabilities designed for professional use. Below is an overview of some of the key features and capabilities of the Vector WD2.0:

Autonomous operation: The Vector WD2.0 is an autonomous mower, which means that it can operate without human intervention. It is equipped with advanced sensors and navigation systems that enable it to work independently and to avoid obstacles.

Modular design: The Vector WD2.0 has a modular design, which means it can be equipped with different attachments depending on the specific needs of the user. The machine is equipped with a mowing deck and can be equipped with a hoe or other desired implements.

Large cutting width: The Vector WD2.0 has a cutting width of 130 cm, which allows it to mow large areas quickly and efficiently.

High speed: The Vector WD2.0 can reach a speed of up to 8-10 km/h, which means it can quickly mow large areas. In practice, however, the working speed is 4-6 km/h (with autonomous operation).

Intelligent navigation: The Vector WD2.0 is equipped with an advanced navigation system that uses GPS, LiDAR and other sensors to accurately navigate the machine and avoid obstacles.

User-friendly interface: The Vector WD2.0 has a user-friendly interface that makes it easy to operate the machine and to adjust the various settings.

Environmentally friendly: The Vector WD2.0 is environmentally friendly because it runs on electricity instead of fossil fuels. This not only makes it better for the environment, but also quieter and cheaper to use.

Safety: The Vector WD2.0 has several safety features, such as automatic emergency stops, which allow the machine to operate safely without human intervention.

All this makes the Vector WD2.0 an advanced and powerful autonomous tool carrier designed for professional use. Its modular design, intelligent navigation and other features make it suitable for a variety of applications and can help make mowing large areas faster, more efficient and safer.

The quality and reliability of an autonomous mower depends on several factors, including the design, materials used, manufacturing processes and maintenance.

The Vector autonomous mower is produced in the Netherlands. Our Dutch software is updated remotely, this happens automatically. Our production is done according to strict European quality standards and we also use high-quality materials at Vector Machines to guarantee the durability and reliability of the machine. The Vector autonomous mowers are also equipped with advanced sensors and navigation systems that ensure that they can work accurately and safely, reducing the risk of damage or malfunctions.

Maintenance has always been an important factor in mower reliability. Because the Vector autonomous tool carriers are fully electric mowing machines, maintenance is much less labour-intensive and therefore many times cheaper than traditional mowing machines. We do recommend that you remove the grass under the cutting deck every week (particularly in damp weather). It is important to keep the machine clean and prevent any dirt and dust build-up, as this can hinder the operation of the machine. These operations can be carried out easily, without the need to hire an expensive specialist.

Safety has been a top priority in the production and implementation of the Vector WD2.0 autonomous mower from the start. Below are some of the key safety features of the Vector WD2.0:

Sensors: The Vector WD2.0 is equipped with various sensors, such as ultrasonic sensors, infrared sensors, and LiDAR sensors, that help detect obstacles and prevent the machine from colliding with them. These sensors work in conjunction with the navigation software to guide the machine around obstacles.

Emergency stop button: The Vector WD2.0 has an emergency stop button that allows the machine to be stopped immediately in an emergency.

Security zone: The Vector WD2.0 has a set safety zone within which the machine cannot operate, for example around children or pets. This can be set by the user or manufacturer.

Warning signals: The Vector WD2.0 is equipped with visual warning signals that help warn people in the vicinity of the machine. For example, when the machine changes direction or approaches obstacles.

Accurate mapping: The Vector WD2.0 uses precise mapping technology to map the machine's surroundings and avoid obstacles. This helps the machine to work safely and efficiently, without colliding with obstacles.

Safety standards: The Vector WD2.0 complies with international safety standards, including CE, RoHS and EN standards, which help to ensure the safety of the machine.

De Vector WD2.0 autonomous mower uses different technologies to make its navigation system work.

GPS: The system uses GPS (Global Positioning System) to determine its position. The device uses satellites to determine its exact location.

Gyroscope: The device uses a gyroscope to determine its orientation and movements. This helps the device to accurately plan and track its movements.

Sensors: The device also uses various sensors, such as LiDAR and bumper sensors, to detect and avoid obstacles while navigating. This helps the device stay safe as it moves through the environment.

Cards: The device uses maps to plan and navigate its route. The environment is mapped in advance on the basis of AutoCAD and this is read into the software of the Vector autonomous mowing machine. As a result, the mower will immediately go to work at the time of delivery.

Using these technologies, the Vector WD2.0 autonomous mower can autonomously navigate and efficiently mow grass without human intervention. The unit can receive commands from the owner via an app and can also be automatically programmed to mow continuously or at specific times.

Autonomous tool carriers can be of interest to different types of customers, depending on their specific needs and requirements. Here are some examples of companies or institutions that should be of interest to us buying autonomous tool carriers:

Farmers: Autonomous tool carriers can be used for various tasks in the agricultural sector, such as sowing, fertilizing, watering, mowing and harvesting crops.

Garden and landscape architects: Autonomous tool carriers can be used for the maintenance of parks, sports fields, golf courses and other green spaces. Also consider tree nurseries.

Municipalities: Autonomous tool carriers can be used for the maintenance of public spaces, such as roads, parks, squares and playgrounds.

Companies and institutions: Autonomous tool carriers can be used for the maintenance of industrial sites, parking lots and other areas such as solar parks.

Private individuals: Autonomous tool carriers can be used by private individuals for the maintenance of their gardens and lawns.

In general, autonomous tool carriers are interesting for anyone looking for an efficient and automated way to perform certain tasks that would otherwise take a lot of time, money and resources.

An obstacle mower or post mower is a type of lawn mower specially designed to work in areas with many obstacles, such as trees, shrubs, posts at solar parks and flower beds. Here are some features of an obstacle mower:

Maneuverability: An obstacle mower is very manoeuvrable and can easily maneuver around obstacles such as posts. It can also change direction quickly and is therefore ideal for mowing complex areas.

Smaller size: Post mowers are usually smaller in size than other lawn mowers. This makes it easier to maneuver them in tight spaces and restricted access areas.

cutting width: Obstacle mowers generally have a smaller cutting width than traditional lawn mowers. This is because they are designed to maneuver in narrow paths.

Tool carrier with obstacle mower Vector WD2.0 with pole mower for autonomous lawn mowing

Special blade configurations: An obstacle mower may have special blade configurations to better mow around obstacles. For example, some obstacle mowers have caster wheels that tilt the blade at an angle for a better cut.

Protection from obstacles: Post mowers often have protective parts around the blade to prevent obstacles such as trees and shrubs from being damaged during mowing.

Safety: Obstacle mowers are often equipped with various safety features, such as an emergency stop button and a dead man's switch, to ensure operator safety while operating the machine.

In general, an obstacle mower or post mower is an agile and compact machine that is specially designed to work in complex areas with many obstacles, such as all the posts under the solar panels at solar parks.

Using a traditional lawn mower is not necessary if you have an autonomous mower. The autonomous mower can do the work for you and make sure your lawn or green space always looks perfectly maintained.

Yes, some autonomous mowers are suitable for use on slopes up to a certain steepness. However, it is important to check that the machine is suitable for the type of terrain on which it will be used. Contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Yes, autonomous mowers require maintenance. As with traditional lawnmowers, it is important to regularly check and replace the blades, as well as clean the machine.

Using an autonomous mower compared to traditional mowers can bring several cost savings. Some potential cost savings include:

  1. Labour costs: An autonomous mowing machine works independently, so no staff is needed to mow manually. This can provide significant savings in terms of labor costs, especially in the long run. There is no need for manual operation and supervision, which can reduce personnel costs.
  2. Fuel costs: Autonomous mowers often use electric or hybrid drive systems. Compared to traditional mowers that run on petrol or diesel, autonomous mowers can have lower fuel costs. Electric drives are more efficient and can lead to savings in fuel costs.
  3. Maintenance costs: Autonomous mowers are generally well designed and optimized for efficiency and durability. They often have fewer moving parts than traditional mowers, requiring less maintenance and repairs. This can result in lower long-term maintenance costs.
  4. Time efficiency: Autonomous mowers work efficiently and can mow continuously without human intervention. This allows them to complete the mowing job faster than traditional mowers, reducing the time it takes to mow a given area. This can lead to increased productivity and potential cost savings.

It is important to note that the actual cost savings may vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the area to be mowed, the nature of the terrain, the price of fuel and electricity, and the initial investment cost of the autonomous mower.