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Honda may target off-road markets with autonomous vehicle

By |  November 23, 2021
The Honda AWV is fully electric. Photo: Honda

The Honda AWV is fully electric. Photo: Honda

In order to validate the capabilities of the Honda AWV, the company selected a solar energy construction site where support structures for solar panels are laid out in a grid pattern at regular intervals.

The site presented an ideal environment to test the ability of the Honda AWV to stop at precise points along a pre-set route, Honda says.

Honda produced a high-definition map of the 1,000-acre site, allowing Black & Veatch operators to precisely set start and stop points for multiple Honda AWVs using a cloud-based app interface that runs on tablets and PCs. According to Honda, the vehicles successfully delivered materials and supplies along a calculated route and proved capable of stopping within centimeters of pre-set points.

Based on the capabilities verified in the field test, Honda believes the Honda AWV will be capable of providing a range of services to a variety of industries that need a rugged off-road autonomous solution – especially where workforce constraints and safety concerns make other solutions impractical.

Honda says the ability to operate autonomously – or via remote control – and carry large payloads, along with the potential to add attachments and tools, makes its AWV a suitable platform for many work environments.

Honda has not yet shared commercialization plans for the Honda AWV, but it continues to advance the platform through field testing.

Kevin Yanik

About the Author:

Kevin Yanik is the editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry magazine. Yanik can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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