The body shell can move independently of the rest of the unit, allowing it to absorb impacts. Once it runs into an object or one of its boundary markers, the Automower will back up a tad, turn at a random angle and then move forward. This, according to Husqvarna, eliminates visible mowing rows, and allows for full coverage of a lawn over time.
The 305 can handle up to 500 square metres of lawn, and handles inclines of around 25 per cent.
The inspiration for the Husqvarna's automated mowers was apparently this little guy. Sheep, we're told, act as nature's lawn mowers, eating the top of grass blades. Cows, on the other hand, tend to yank clumps of grass out of the ground entirely.
There's no bag or other storage device for grass clippings. The idea is that after your lawn has been cut down to your desired height and the Automower begins maintaining the grass at that level, the clippings will be small in size, less obvious to the eye and act as a natural fertiliser for the rest of the lawn.
Once the battery level is running low, the Automower 305 will find a way back to its base station. Recharging takes between 30 and 45 minutes, and the Lithium-ion battery pack lasts, depending on usage, between one and three years.
If you're fearful that your Automower will be taken by someone looking for a five fingered discount, fear not. The mower has a PIN code alarm system that emits an ear-piercing note if the unit is lifted off terra firma. According to Husqvarna, the alarm can run for over a day.
The 230ACX is the range-topping model in Australia, and can mow up to 3000m². Buyers overseas can not only choose from a greater variety of models, but also have an Automower that's (partially) solar powered.