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2018-12-19 18:00
Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle

Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle

Honda will be seeking potential business and technology partners for its prototype off-road vehicle, the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle, at CES 2019.

Combining Honda's all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and emerging advanced autonomous technology, the Autonomous Work Vehicle was designed by Honda R&D Americas to enhance efficiency and safety for public, commercial, and consumer enterprises.

Built on years of history

Envisioning the potential to support people in a variety of industries, such as search and rescue, firefighting, construction, agriculture, landscaping, and snow removal, Honda welcomes potential partners to meet with the company's engineers at its CES booth #7900 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, 8-11 January, 2019.

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The Autonomous Work Vehicle is based on Honda's proven ATV chassis, built on a 30-year history of accessing hard-to-reach locations with its rugged four-wheel drive system.

The prototype vehicle features GPS and sensor-based autonomy capable of guiding the unit in almost any environment, a rail accessory mount system for limitless accessories and attachments, and onboard power plug-ins.

Array of applications

Its compact size and off-road capabilities make it highly manoeuvrable and perfect for a variety of locations, from dense forests to urban pedestrian zones.

Further demonstrating its autonomy, the vehicle can be programmed in different modes - "Follow Me," "Pattern," and "A to B" - to accommodate a range of applications.

Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle

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Since introducing the Autonomous Work Vehicle as a concept under the name 3E-D18 at CES 2018, Honda has worked with a variety of partners to beta-test and evaluate potential uses in a broad array of environments, including a large-scale solar operations company, wildland firefighting, and an agricultural research facility. Honda will share the results of these real-world tests at CES 2019.

Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle

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"Honda showed its vision of the Autonomous Work Vehicle as a concept at CES 2018, and we've been testing in real-world scenarios to demonstrate the value and capabilities of this unique machine," said Pete Wendt, senior planner in Advanced Product Planning, Honda R&D Americas.

"Honda is looking for additional partners to evolve the technology and develop attachments or accessories that will expand the potential uses for the Autonomous Work Vehicle."

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