Left Hand Robotics develops first snow-shoveling robot

Thursday March 1, 2018 0 comments Tags: Longmont, Left Hand Robotics, SnoBot Pro, Terry Olkin

LONGMONT -- Left Hand Robotics has developed the first self-driving robot to clear snow from sidewalks, dramatically reducing labor expense for snow management operators while producing better overall results.left-hand-robotics-logo

SnowBot Pro pilot customers across North America are responsible for snow management at hospitals, airports, business and academic campuses, retail shopping centers, and local municipalities, Left Hand said.

A job that typically takes eight snow shovelers an hour to clear is completed in the same amount of time with one SnowBot Pro, the company said.

Customers see the SnowBot Pro as a way to significantly reduce their labor costs, clear snow faster, and improve safety -- as one in four slip-and-fall accidents is attributed to snow and ice.

Left Hand said state-of-the-art technologies enable the GPS-navigated robot to operate autonomously to clear snowy sidewalks with down-to-the-inch accuracy. It has five types of sensors, including LIDAR and thermal sensors for safety.

Customers can monitor the robot’s progress in real-time from the web or mobile phone apps.

"Commercial snow removal companies know they have to do something about their high and very unpredictable labor expenses. When they see how our robot automates their most labor-intensive task, they embrace it," said Terry Olkin, Left Hand Robotics CEO.

Based on demand for the upcoming snow season, the company is getting ready to ramp up production for Fall 2018 delivery with a base price of about $32,000 plus an annual software subscription.

Early on, the company said it received $1.7M from angels and early Left Hand Robotics champions including Matt Robinson of Heroic Ventures and Keith Nilsson of Xplorer Capital.

"The Left Hand Robotics team is impressive -- decades of experience in software, automation and robotics -- they're guiding traditional industries into automation that are ideally-suited for robots." said Robinson.

With the success of the pilot robots in the field and a growing reservation list, Left Hand Robotics will be first to market with a commercial-class robot that addresses high labor costs, the single biggest pain point for the $24B North American snow management industry.

The company said its planned capital raise in early 2018 will ramp production and grow the team.

To view a video of SnowBot Pro, click here.