Honda announced various supplement mobility robot concepts at CES 2018. The company is moving forward with at least one of them, the AWV (Autonomous Work Vehicle). It is an autonomous vehicle that can go off-road. Honda and engineering company Black & Veatch have been putting the second-gen AWV through its paces at a solar panel construction site. This marks the first field test in which many AWVs were working together. The vehicles towed trailers and carried water, construction materials, and other supplies across the 1,000-acre worksite. Point to be noted that the AWV can carry a payload of up to 399kg and tow a trailer with a total weight of 750kg.
The company released a video that shows off the AWVs, a Black & Veatch employee pointed out that it can take a while to travel across such a large site. So loading up the vehicles with materials and sending them to another location can make things more intelligent, efficient, and cut down the travel time of employees, freeing them up to work on other things. Honda also created a high-definition map of the site so operators could set start and endpoints for the AWVs. The entire system is more intelligent and can stop vehicles within centimeters of their destinations. The Autonomous Work Vehicle can be controlled remotely along with operating autonomously.
Moreover, Honda also claimed the AWV vehicle can run for up to 8-hours on a single charge, even in a high-temperature environment. The AWV uses a number of sensors for navigation, including GPS, radar, and LiDAR as well as 3D cameras for remote monitoring. Honda said the vehicle has a range of up to 27.9 miles even with a maximum payload capacity, depending on the use case. The auto-manufacturer is continuously working to improve the performance and design of the AWV as it iterates on the prototype. However, the company might offer the ability to add attachments and tools as well. Honda hasn’t announced plans to release a commercial version of the AWV.