Honda will showcase the third generation of its Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) in the upcoming CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023, on March 14-18, 2023 in Las Vegas. This new generation features many improvements, including increased capacity and better obstacle detection. Interested construction companies will be able to learn more about field testing the vehicle at the conference.
Features of the AMV
As the name suggests, the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle is able to go from one place to another without needing a driver. The AWV receives instructions from a tablet, either through a programmed route or direct remote control. Its design is durable, with off-road applications in mind. The vehicle is meant to support construction operations that are short on workers.
Some enhancements implemented in the third generation include increased bed size, loading capacity, and battery life. It also has improved navigation through LiDAR sensors. This means it can avoid obstacles better, function for longer, and carry heavier cargo. It can also go up to 16 km/h while driving autonomously, and up to 4 km/h when controlled directly. Also, the bed is lower on this model, making it easier to load.
Field tests have successfully shown that the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle is able to move materials and deliver them at precise points. In fact, tests have also proved that multiple AWVs can move simultaneously through the same area while avoiding each other. The company believes the vehicle will help construction projects greatly, especially those experiencing labor shortages.
The second-generation Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle has already been tested in a solar construction site by Honda themselves. That said, they’d like to involve others in testing the third-generation AWV. Aside from looking for more business partners, they’d also like to improve their product distribution and support, as well as software and attachment development.
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Source: PR Newswire