$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!

 

-Terry

Check out Left Hand Robotics in the news!

For most people, the end of the year is relatively calm as you take time off to spend with family. Businesses tend to go quiet and not much happens in the news. But none of that was true at Left Hand Robotics. We were hard at work putting the final touches on our robots as we get them ready to go out to our pilot customers. Once they hit the road, we will be sure to take you along for the ride.

On the news front, we were featured in two separate video news stories linked below. The first was shot in November by the Denver Business Journal, but was just released on January 2.  This is a very nice almost 3 minute story about LHR and the SnowBot Pro. The second was recorded by a local TV station, 9News (NBC), on the same day as our (Boulder’s) first big storm of the year. This story was broadcast on December 27. We are, of course, grateful for the (free!) positive coverage of our company and our robots. These stories have generated a lot of additional interest in the company that we are always excited to get.

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From the SnowBot Pro to the Google car, self-driving robots & vehicles share many of the same core technologies

Unless you’ve been living on the moon, you’ve heard about one of the biggest innovations in the tech world: self-driving everything. Google’s driverless car may be at the leading edge, but there are thousands of self-driving robots and vehicles being developed by engineering teams inside the biggest automakers, equipment manufacturers, and young entrepreneurial tech companies.

Here at Left Hand Robotics, we’re building our own driverless robot, although I admit on a slightly smaller scale than the Google car. GPS, LiDAR, and different types of sensors are some of the core technologies being reimagined and combined in new ways to become the foundation for self-driving robots for many applications — from cars and manufacturing to industrial and outdoor tasks. We’ve incorporated these core technologies, along with many others, to develop the SnowBot Pro — our cloud-connected, sidewalk-sized self-driving robot that clears snow automatically.

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