Industry Snapshot: Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) Completes Prototype Testing

Honda and Black & Veatch successfully tested the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) prototype at a Black & Veatch construction site in New Mexico. During the month-long field test, the second-generation prototype of the fully electric Honda AWV performed a range of functions at a large-scale solar energy construction project, including towing operations and the transport of construction materials, water and other supplies to pre-define destinations within the site.

First showcased as a concept at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the Honda AWV combines the company’s rugged and durable all-terrain side-by-side platform with emerging advanced autonomous technology. The result is a new class of capable work vehicles that can be deployed in a variety of dynamic work environments. The Honda AWV uses a suite of sensors to operate autonomously, using GPS for locating, radar and lidar for obstacle detection, and stereoscopic (3D) cameras for remote surveillance. The vehicle can also be controlled remotely.

Black & Veatch, a global engineering, procurement and construction company focused on construction optimization and technological innovation, worked with Honda to provide a real proving ground to validate Honda AWV technology on an active construction site. Company staff have been trained by Honda engineers in vehicle operation and safety protocols to effectively use technology in the field. Black & Veatch has provided detailed feedback on the product and activity requirements that will help improve the capabilities and services of the Honda AWV.

“Black & Veatch’s pursuit of innovation and safety in construction on job sites has led us to this relationship with Honda,” said Mario Azar, president of Black & Veatch’s global energy division. “With our leadership position in the solar energy market, testing of this new autonomous work vehicle aligns with our goal of advancing the industry through new and innovative ways of working at project sites. “

“With our test partner, Black & Veatch, Honda was able to demonstrate the performance of our rugged all-electric autonomous work vehicle prototype in a large-scale construction environment,” said Kenton Williams, U.S. Project Manager for Honda AWV. “We believe the Honda AWV has the potential to bring greater efficiency, higher levels of safety and better environmental performance to the construction industry and other industries looking for an all-round solution. – autonomous field. “

Husqvarna Group and Briggs & Stratton reach settlement

The Husqvarna Group and Briggs & Stratton, LLC (B&S) have entered into an agreement for the supply of engines for riding mowers. Under the settlement, B&S will supply the majority of the engines needed before the 2022 season. In addition, the parties have agreed to maintain a modified supply relationship for the 2023 season.

The Husqvarna Group had predicted a potential “negative financial impact” in 2022 due to the lack of engines. The company no longer anticipates this loss, as the lawsuit against B&S has been withdrawn.

“We have achieved a satisfactory result which allows us to secure our customers’ products in 2022,” said Glen Instone, Interim Husqvarna Division President and Husqvarna Group Chief Financial Officer.

SiteOne University will host training courses

SiteOne University announced training courses in business, irrigation, landscaping, pest control, agronomy, and golf, as well as a vendor exhibition allowing attendees to learn and network. This event will be held on November 30 from 11 a.m. to 6:20 p.m. EST as a virtual event.

Landscape designers should plan to register online by November 29 at: https://www.siteone.com/en/events/national-virtual-university.

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