Honda put its latest autonomous work vehicle to work. On Monday, the Japanese automaker said it successfully installed the vehicle on a solar-powered construction site with Black & Veatch to test how well it performed. Both companies said AWV performed its tasks with precision as it towed equipment, transported building materials and more to preset destinations across the workplace.
Honda’s small work machine boasts a bundle of technology to ensure it’s useful instead of annoying in the workplace. There are a number of sensors to help the AWV, along with radar and lidar help the truck see. There are 3D cameras to help people far away drive the machine remotely if desired. Honda also produced a high-definition 3D map of the workplace, so AWV had everything it needed to succeed. In fact, the vehicle had to stop and unload materials at precise points across the 1,000-acre site. The AWV carried up to 900 pounds of cargo and towed up to 1,600 pounds. Furthermore, the site in New Mexico was an excellent test bearing for the battery electric driveline. The AWV withstood 8 hours of work in high temperatures.
With these tests under Honda’s belt, development on the AWV continues. Honda hopes that one day the vehicle will provide a solution that is capable of handling tough tasks off the sidewalk. However, the company is very serious about gaining more experience, and invited companies wishing to test the AWV to get in touch to see how this little guy can help.