Honda is recognised for both vehicles and robots, and in recent years the company has attempted to combine the two with the Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV).
It recently introduced a new third-generation model capable of transporting up to two pallets of products around construction sites without the need for human intervention. This time, however, Honda is looking for companies ready to test it out.
The AWV has progressed from being essentially an ATV with the top removed to a glorified autonomous electric waggon to the current iteration.
The latest AWV features a larger bed size (two pallets) and higher capacity (2,000 pounds) than the previous generation; a higher self-driving speed of up to 10 MPH; a larger battery with up to 10 hours and 28 miles of endurance; stronger avoidance functions; and a lower bed for easier loading.
With a set of sensors atop the mast, it can move autonomously or via remote control through difficult terrain such as construction sites. GPS, radar, LiDAR, and camera technologies, as well as cloud connectivity, are all managed through a tablet-based interface.
“Previous field tests have also successfully verified that multiple Honda AWVs can transport and deliver construction materials and supplies at precise points along a pre-set route,” the company said.
Honda believes that the AWV will help construction and other businesses manage difficulties such as labour shortages and workplace transportation.
After thorough testing, the AWV version 3.0 is now ready for real-life field trials, and the company is looking for partners at a construction trade show in Las Vegas beginning March 14th, 2023.
“We want to meet with potential business partners and companies at CONEXPO that are interested in field testing the vehicle at their worksite.
“We believe the Honda AWV can be a valuable solution to supporting construction teams while also enhancing worksite efficiencies and safety,” said Honda Motor systems engineering manager Jason VanBuren.