Honda will showcase the new capabilities of the latest generation of its prototype Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) for the construction industry at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Interested construction entities will have an opportunity to learn more about field testing the rugged off-road platform at their worksites.
“As we continue to advance the Honda AWV platform, we want to meet with potential business partners and companies at CONEXPO that are interested in field testing the vehicle at their worksite,” said Jason VanBuren, systems engineering manager at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We believe the Honda AWV can be a valuable solution to supporting construction teams while also enhancing worksite efficiencies and safety. Leveraging Honda’s decades of experience developing reliable, safe and clean mobility technology, we aim to address issues such as labor shortages and improved environmental performance.”
The fully programmable all-electric Honda AWV leverages the company’s emerging advanced autonomous technology to create a rugged off-road work vehicle that is designed to support construction-related activities. With the ability to operate autonomously – or manually via remote control – the Honda AWV could provide a wide range of services to industries that need autonomous operation or delivery solutions, especially where workforce constraints make other solutions impractical. The company is also exploring the development of attachments and tools that could help the vehicle adapt to various work environments.
Honda successfully field tested the second-generation Honda AWV at a large-scale solar construction site in the Southwest U.S. Based on real-world testing, the company is now introducing the third-generation Honda AWV.
- Bed size capable of accommodating two pallets with a loading capacity of 2,000-lbs.
- Navigation in locations where GNSS (global navigation satellite system) service is weak or unavailable through the use of LiDAR sensors
- Tablet-based programming interface and cloud connectivity
- High speed in autonomous mode – up to 10 miles per hour (mph)
- Large battery size with an operating time of up to 10 hours
- Avoidance function for vehicles stopped on road
- Low bed for loading and ergonomics
The Honda AWV employs a suite of sensors to operate autonomously, using GPS for location, radar and lidar for obstacle detection and cameras for remote monitoring. Previous field tests have also successfully verified that multiple Honda AWVs can transport and deliver construction materials and supplies at various points along a pre-set route. The vehicle leverages Honda’s extensive portfolio of mobility technologies, using components from its automobiles and other products.