John Deere develops smart connectors for lawn mowers

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John Deere has developed two lawn mower smart connectors for the X300 Series and the X500 Series models, which communicate via Bluetooth with the MowerPlus smartphone app. The connectors, depending on mower model and connector, can communicate fuel level, battery state, and hour meter information to the MowerPlus app to aid machine management and help owners plan ahead for their next mowing session.

The MowerPlus app also helps users determine the best time to mow by providing local weather information, and offering expert pre-mow tips, maintenance reminders and walk-through guides. Other MowerPlus app features include a ‘mow now’ button to track mowing metrics, including aerial views of the mowing path, length of mow, and speed via smartphone GPS; a log of past mows that can be shared via social media; local weather forecasts for the next five days to assist with planning mow times; and tracking of maintenance intervals, and additional maintenance tips that are specific to the mower model.

John Deere has also created the MowerPlus Hour Meter Connector, available for the 100 Series and S240 lawn tractors, which can be used to communicate hour meter information to the app. This connector is exclusively compatible with the iOS version of MowerPlus.

Both connectors are available through John Deere dealers or JohnDeereStore.com. To download the MowerPlus app, visit the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Both connectors are easy to install by simply attaching them to the wiring harness of the mower

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