Honda Autonomous ATV to Show at CES 2019

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Back at the beginning of this year, Japanese company Honda showed at CES 2018 an ATV of sorts it calls the 3E-D18 Autonomous Work Vehicle. For next year’s edition of the world’s favorite consumer electronics show, an improved and tested version of that vehicle will be shown.
The vehicle is based on the Honda ATV chassis and was fitted with all the needed technology to make it programmable and autonomous. Using GPS and a variety of sensors, the four-wheeler can be programmed to trail behind someone or something, move in a given pattern or simply relocate itself from point A to point B repeatedly.

To prove the machine’s worth, Honda has been testing it over the course of this year in three different locations and scenarios.

The ATV was forced to cut weeds that grow around solar panels at a company in North Carolina, act as a gear-hauling mule for a firefighter division in Colorado and harvest the crops of an agricultural sciences college in California.

Having proved its worth in all three circumstances, the self-driving ATV is now ready to take on the big world, and Honda has big plans for it.

"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 in a statement 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."

In the months ahead, Honda will be working to find the suitable market for its innovation, hoping even to tap various partners able and willing to create accessories and attachments that would make their ATV even more versatile.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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