Honda shows off the latest version of its ‘Autonomous Work Vehicle’

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At CES 2018, Honda revealed several companion mobility robot concept, It’s moving forward with at least one of them, an autonomous vehicle that can take off the road. Honda and engineering company Black and Veach are rolling out the second generation Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) at their own pace on a solar panel construction site.

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This was the first field trial in which several Anganwadi workers were working together. Vehicles carried trailers and carried construction materials, water and other supplies to the 1,000-acre site. The AWV can carry a payload of up to 399 kg (880 lb) and tow a trailer with a total weight of 750 kg (1,653 lb).

In a video showing AWV, a Black & Vech employee notes that traveling to such a large site can take some time. So loading vehicles with materials and shipping them to another location can make things more efficient and cut down on employees’ travel time, freeing them up to work on other things.

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Honda Created a high-definition map of the site so that operators could determine the start and end points for the AWV. It said that the vehicles stopped within centimeters of their destination. Along with operating autonomously, the AWV can be controlled remotely.

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The company claims that this vehicle can last up to eight hours on a single charge even in high temperature environment. AWV uses several sensors for navigation, including GPS, radar and LiDAR, as well as 3D cameras for remote surveillance. Honda says that even with the maximum payload capacity, the AWV has a range of up to 27.9 miles, depending on the use case.

The automaker is aiming to improve the performance and design of the AMV as it iterates on prototypes (as cute as it looks). It can also provide attachments and the ability to add tools. Honda is yet to reveal plans to release a commercial version of the AMV.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Nerdshala,

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