CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – A Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineer isn’t a fan of New England winters. So he came up with an innovative snowblower that was turning heads following the latest snowfall.
A Twitter user shared video from Danehy Park on Bay State Road in Cambridge. A snowblower was clearing a path in the park, but no one was at the helm.READ MORE: 'It's Like An Assault.' Bar Made Famous By 'Perfect Storm' Asks For Return Of Stolen Photo Album
WBZ-TV tracked down the machine’s owner. Dane Kouttron said his remotely operated snowblower is a “labor of love” that took him about three months to build starting last winter.
“I don’t terribly enjoy being out in the cold, so this is a remotely operated snowblower,” he said. “It features a vision system, obstacle avoidance, and it is purely electrical. There is no engine on board. So this can operate for up to four hours by itself outdoors. Not only can it take in a bunch of GPS positions and take care of cleaning a parking lot by itself.”
The snowblower has light up eyeballs attached to it. “The googly eyes are just for show,” he joked.READ MORE: 'A Tragic Case Of Domestic Violence.' Police Investigating Possible Murder-Suicide In Oxford
Kouttron was previously on the television show “BattleBots.” He had leftover pieces from his time on the show, and used them to build the machine he calls “part wheelchair, part combat robotics turned good.”
He’s using a remote control during his tests, but the snowblower can also be programmed to work independently. “It can take in a bunch of GPS positions and take care of cleaning a parking lot by itself,” he says.
Or your sidewalk or driveway. “Ideally, sit out with your cup of tea and remotely pilot your snow moving machine from the comfort of your own home,” he said.
The MIT engineer said he doesn’t currently have any plans to pitch the snowblower commercially.MORE NEWS: 'Amazing, Absolutely Amazing.' Former NFL Player Living In Provincetown Reacts To Carl Nassib's Coming Out
“There’s still some prototyping left to do. But it would be an interesting commercial venture,” he said.