Watch Honda's latest Autonomous Work Vehicle help build a solar energy site

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Honda just put its latest autonomous work vehicle to work. On Monday, the Japanese automaker said it successfully deployed the vehicle at a solar power manufacturing site with Black & Veitch to test how well it performed. Both companies said that AWV executed its tasks with precision as it transports equipment, transport materials and the work site to pre-determined destinations.

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Honda’s tiny work machine boasts a bundle of technology to make sure it works instead of bothering you at the work site. There is a suite of sensors to help the AWV, as well as radar and lidar to help the truck see. There are 3D cameras to help humans remotely operate the machine via remote control, if desired. Honda also produced a high-definition 3D map of the work site, so AWV had everything it needed to be successful. Indeed, the vehicle needed to stop and unload material at precise points on the 1,000-acre site. The AWV carried up to 900 pounds of cargo and up to 1,600 pounds. In addition, the site in New Mexico was an excellent test bed for a battery-electric powertrain. AWV worked 8 hours in high temperature.

With these tests under Honda’s belt, development continues on the AWV. Honda expects the vehicle to one day provide a solution capable of handling rough and tumble tasks from pavement. The company is very serious about gaining more experience, however, and invites companies to contact us to test AWV to see how this little guy can help.

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