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cutest standalone platform

Honda is working on the AWV, an adorable autonomous platform designed to transport or tow heavy loads on construction sites.

Honda has just presented the most adorable of autonomous machines. the AWV (for Autonomous Work Vehicle, either autonomous work vehicle in good French) is the latest prototype of the Japanese brand. It is not intended to transport people but rather loads on construction sites. Honda still took care of its look by endowing it with adorable round optics.

The machine has already been tested at the construction site of a 120 megawatt solar panel taking place on a 4 km2 site located in New Mexico in the United States.

Built on a buggy frame

The Honda AWV is based on the Pioneer UTV chassis (a buggy). he can carry loads up to 400 kg and tow a maximum of 750 kg. The total autonomy of this small autonomous platform is 45 km, largely sufficient for a building site. Then you just have to leave plugged in for 6 hours on a 120 V outlet.

Full of cameras and radars

If it is possible to control it remotely in the manner of a remote control car, it is also possible to use it autonomously. For this last option, the way to proceed is rather simple. The operator with a tablet is enough indicate the point of arrival on a mape. The AWV then alone determines the best route to get there. He then uses its front mounted camera, 3D cameras, GP tracker and lidar and radar to estimate distances.

Not for now

This site was not the first test for Honda, but it was the first time that several AWVs were deployed at the same time. Honda has indicated that it is not yet expected to go into production in the near future.. The brand wishing to add tools and accessories to make it more useful, it says it needs to do more tests.

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