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!

-Terry

 

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.”

 

About Terry Olkin

Terry is the co-founder and CEO of Left Hand Robotics. His 30-year career spans senior leadership roles at Oracle, the founding of multiple startups, and he is an inventor on over 21 patents. Prior to Left Hand Robotics, Terry was a Fellow at the public company Workday, which in 2015 acquired GridCraft, a Boulder-based software startup he co-founded. He mentors youth robotics teams competing in national competitions around the country and is the president of the nonprofit GEAR Alliance.

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