Honda Unveils 3rd Generation AWV That Can Transport Two Palettes of Goods Without Human Assistance

Published  March 10, 2023   0
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The AWV can work via remote control or alone with the help of range sensors like GPS, radar, LiDAR and camera technologies, coupled with cloud connectivity

Japan’s Honda was well-known for its cars, but now in the past few years the company has excelled in robotics as well. It tried to combine both cars and robots like the Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV). After much anticipation, the company finally unleashed the 3rd generation version that has been made to to transport up to two palettes worth of goods in the warehouses without the help of any human workforce. Now, the company is trying hard to find clients or buyers to try out its robotic vehicle.

According to an exclusive report of engadget, the AWV has evolved from what was basically an ATV with the top chopped off, to a glorified autonomous electric wagon to the current model. Now, when compared to the previous version, the current model is equipped with a larger bed size (two pallets) and higher capacity (2,000 pounds); a higher self-driving speed of up to 10 MPH; a larger battery that offers up to 10 hours and 28 miles of endurance; better avoidance functions; and a lower bed for seamless loading.

Honda spokesperson told media that their latest AWV has the potential to help construction and other firms to counter challenges such as workforce shortages, and other warehouse problems. After rigorous testing, the latest 3.0 robotic car is now ready for actual trials. It will be showcased through a partner at a construction trade show that is scheduled to begin on 14th March in Las Vegas.

Honda Motor systems engineering manager Jason VanBuren told the media, "We want to meet with potential business partners and companies at CONEXPO that are interested in field testing the vehicle at their worksite. We believe the Honda AWV can be a valuable solution to supporting construction teams while also enhancing worksite efficiencies and safety."