Publication Date

Spring 5-5-2022

Document Type


First Advisor

Lin, Peter

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)


Department of Electrical Engineering


An in-depth look at the design process and research for a device that can fit onto currently used self-propelled zero-turn lawn mowers and can record and replay routes, to automate lawn mowing, a traditionally monotonous task. Discusses previous solutions and why this Retrofit Kit is needed, as well as how it differs from the previous solutions and patents. This report outlines the design of the RetroFit Kit, explaining why this specific design was chosen to solve this problem, as well as how the subsystems are divided and how they interact with one another. Thorough discussion of mechanical and software design, and a look at how the kit is designed with safety and other ethical concerns in mind. The planned budget and timeline for the team is included, showing how the team plans to utilize its resources to effectively create a prototype of the optimal design stated. There is also a look into how team members contributed and how each of the members can grow and learn from this design experience. This paper is an overhead look at the entire design process of the self driving Retrofit kit for self-propelled lawn mowers.