Colorado City Puts SnowBot to Work in 2019 Storms: Says it’s a Financial Game-Changer

All I can say is it doesn’t get any better than this for a startup company. The city of Longmont Colorado saw the potential of our snow-clearing robot and were anxious to start testing it in the field. Lucky for SnowBot, we have had a snowy 2019 so far, so the folks in the Longmont parks department got their chance to put SnowBot to work.

Well, I guess our robot did its job on Longmont’s sidewalks. I know this because I happened to find out that the Parks Superintendent had shot a video their SnowBot working on a snowy workday – and in the video he shared his firsthand experience of how SnowBot has become part of the snow clearing team.

We think they did a great job on the video so we asked to share it on our website, and Timber said no problem. You can click the video above to watch. Thank you to the City of Longmont for embracing SnowBot and we can’t wait to hear what you think of our mower deck attachment that will enable your SnowBot to transform to a mowing machine come summer!



Here is a transcription of the video, too:

Timber Toste, Parks Superintendent, City of Longmont Colorado

“We’ve been looking at robotic operations for a couple years now. The way the robot works is we actually map the route, and then it follow based on GPS coordinates with centimeter accuracy of where the path is. So it was a big game changer for us in terms of using robotics.

Currently the SnowBot has a broom on it –- which can handle up to about 3 inches of snow.Public safety is the biggest concern we have; the machine is only going a couple miles per hour, and it’s got infrared red LIDAR cameras, push bars that will shut it off, plus emergency disconnects.

This last snowstorm that we had we put it on the St. Vrain Greenways between Sunset and Hover and it interacted with people; actually people interacted with it and just like any other piece of equipment they went around it.

The SnowBot will have a mow deck this summer. We spend about $850 per acre annual to maintain turf in the city. The robot does it between $3-$5 dollars annually; it could have a major impact on the amount of dollars we’re spending to do maintenance.”


$3.7M to ramp up SnowBot production and grow the team: SnowBots will be out in force across the U.S. for 2018-19 snow season

I have to say 2018 has been quite a year here at Left Hand Robotics. This year the first SnowBot Pros took their turns clearing snow at sites across the country. We evaluated how they worked in the field and evolved our design and improved our software to get to our production version. Wow, we’ve come a long way! In June 2017, we debuted the SnowBot Pro at the biggest snow management trade show in the world, the SIMA Snow and Ice Symposium, and today we are planning our production schedule so we can start delivery of brand new SnowBots to all of those on the reservation list in late 2018 — they’re being assembled at our own facility in Longmont, Colorado by the way.

A lot of people are excited about a future that includes smart robots like our SnowBot. This year we set out to raise our initial investment capital to grow our team and scale production. Today we announced $3.7M in seed funding to ramp SnowBot production. Early on, investors were first intrigued by the idea of a self-driving snow clearing robot, and then amazed when they saw it in action. Heroic Ventures led this round and was also an early angel investor.

Matt Robinson, Heroic’s Founder and Managing Partner, saw right away that SnowBot can solve a real, industry-wide problem — he sees Left Hand Robotics as part of a larger paradigm shift driven by a new level of innovative automation that is happening in a lot of industries, and snow is just one. Other investors in the seed round include Hardware Club, PV Ventures and Stout Street Capital, and we are glad to have them backing the Left Hand Robotics team and our vision. You can read the entire press release here.

We recently developed an ROI calculator that lets snow management operators calculate their Return on Investment (ROI) on a SnowBot Pro purchase based on their current costs for manual snow removal. An operator can input manual clearing data and an hourly pay rate to calculate their own Breakeven, cost savings on labor, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Crunching the numbers is the best way to see the clear benefits of SnowBot, in many cases you can see that SnowBot pays for itself in a year.

We are still taking SnowBot Priority Reservations now to hold your spot on the reservations list. If you have questions for our team, please get in touch!



6 Questions Snow Removal Pros Ask the First Time They See the SnowBot Pro


Left Hand Robotics CEO & Co-founder Terry Olkin answers the most commonly-asked questions we hear.

1. How big is the SnowBot Pro?

The first time snow management pros see the SnowBot Pro, they have a lot of questions. Thinking about the impact robotics can have on their industry is new to them, but it gets them excited. When prospective customers see the SnowBot Pro in person, their reaction is usually, “Wow, it’s smaller than I imagined!” In fact, because the SnowBot Pro is specifically designed for sidewalks and pathways, it has a track width of just 34”, and including the rotating broom it has an overall width of four feet (the width of a typical sidewalk).

Because there is no need to accommodate an operator, the robot’s main body is only about three feet tall, with the sensor tower extending about two more feet above the body. Its compact form factor makes it easy to transport on any typical equipment trailer, but don’t be fooled — the SnowBot is robust, it is built with commercial-grade hardware to ensure it can withstand the harsh conditions that come with snow removal. Click to watch the video above to see SnowBot Pro in action. Read more

SnowBot Pro Hits the Colorado High Country – See video

A few days ago, we loaded up a SnowBot Pro and drove 60 minutes west of the Left Hand Robotics headquarters in Longmont, Colorado to the Colorado high country in search of fresh snow.

We were lucky to arrive in the early morning to find newly fallen snow, and it wasn’t long before we had the SnowBot Pro off the trailer and clearing snowy sidewalks. Click the image above to watch the video.

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SnowBot Pro debuts mowing attachment at GIE Expo

SnowBot Pro is the first commercial, self-driving robot to clear snow from walkways. Soon SnowBot users can switch out the rotating brush for a mowing attachment to mow roadsides, medians and open fields — those large areas that need cutting, but can take hours with a manned mower.

 SnowBot Pro in New Products Showcase
SnowBot Pro with mower attachment in Booth #10062

We’ve always known it just made good sense to leverage all the SnowBot Pro self-driving technology we developed to complete other outdoor tasks, so mowing is a natural extension for us. In the same way a user maps a route using our path data collection tool, soon a route can be mapped and saved to mow large areas automatically. Now contractors and landscapers for which snow clearing is just one part of their business can use their SnowBot Pro year round. Read more

SnowBot Pro units will be delivered to Pilot Customers for 2017-18 season

Hi, I’m Terry Olkin, Co-founder and CEO at Left Hand Robotics. Today marks the first day of our Blog, and it’s a great time to give an update on what we’ve been doing. It’s been a fast-paced summer for us — and here are just a few of the highlights:

In June, we debuted our first product, the SnowBot Pro, at the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) event in Montreal. We couldn’t have anticipated the overwhelming response as we talked to snow management pros. I thought we might raise some eyebrows with our self-driving robot that can clear snowy walkways in one pass, but everyone I talked to assured me this is just what the industry has been waiting for.

Our goal was to find 4-5 companies ready to take the technology leap and join our SnowBot Pilot Customer program for the 2017-18 snow season, but dozens of folks filled out the pilot program application to participate.

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