First ANSI standard for robotic lawn mowers

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is pleased to announce the first-ever standard for robotic, battery-powered, electrical lawn mowers issued by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Publication of the robotic lawn mower standard has been highly anticipated by the outdoor power equipment industry and start-ups designing products for the category.

“It is predicted that this market category will grow
considerably in the next six years, as the outdoor power equipment industry
continues to innovate and improve products in response to consumer needs,” said
Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI. “Standards play an important role in
everyday life and ensure that consumers know what they are getting when they
purchase a product like a robotic mower.”

The global robotic lawn mower market is expected to grow by
nearly 22% over the next six years, according to a recent study conducted by
Grand View Research, Inc.

“We expect every major manufacturer of robotic mowers
to be at GIE+EXPO this fall with their products,” added Kiser. “The
show is the largest showcase of outdoor power equipment technology and software
in the country, and it’s the best place for landscapers and dealers to see
first-hand what’s coming to market, such as the latest in robotic mower
technology and technological innovations in the industry.”

The ANSI/OPEI robotic mower standard is “ANSI/OPEI
60335-2-107-2019 (Standard) for Outdoor Power Equipment – Household and similar
electrical appliances – Safety – Part 2-107: Particular requirements for
robotic battery powered electrical lawnmowers (national adoption with modifications
of IEC 60335-2-107).” The standard was approved on September 5, 2019 and is
expected to be published this fall.

Kiser added, “We expect to see increased competition in this
product category as manufacturers will now be able to design equipment to meet
the industry standard.”

The standard was developed through a public input process
that brings together consumers, manufacturers and commercial equipment users.
OPEI is a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the
International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International
Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance