Honda is known for both vehicles and robots, and in recent years has tried to combine those two things with the autonomous work vehicle (AWV). just introduced a new 3rd generation version designed to transport up to two pallets of goods in workplaces without human assistance. This time, however, Honda wants to find companies willing to try it out.
The AWV has evolved from what was basically a ATV with the top cut offto a glorified freelancer electric car to the current model. Compared to the second-generation version, the latest AWV has a larger bed size (two skids) and a higher capacity (2,000 pounds); a higher autonomous driving speed of up to 10 MPH; a larger battery that offers up to 10 hours and 28 miles of range; better avoidance features; and a lower bed for easy loading.
It can operate autonomously or by remote control in difficult terrain such as construction sites, thanks to a set of sensors on the mast. These include GPS, radar, LiDAR, and camera technologies, along with cloud connectivity, all controlled by a tablet-based interface. “Previous field trials have also successfully verified that multiple Honda AWVs can transport and deliver construction materials and supplies at precise points along a pre-arranged route,” the company said.
The AWV will allow construction companies and others to address issues like labor shortages and job site transportation, Honda believes. After extensively testing the latest model, he said AWV version 3.0 is now ready for real-life field testing and is seeking partners at a construction trade show taking place in Las Vegas starting March 14, 2023.
“We want to meet with potential business partners and companies at CONEXPO who are interested in testing the vehicle on the job site. We believe the Honda AWV can be a valuable solution to support construction crews while improving efficiency.” and safety in the workplace,” Honda said. Engine systems engineering manager Jason VanBuren.