Posted March 14, 2023

Honda reveals prototype autonomous work vehicle at CONEXPO

All-electric Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) represents a new category of capable work vehicle for companies that need autonomous operation or delivery solutions.

Honda autonomous work vehicle
The all-electric Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) represents a new category of capable work vehicle for companies that need autonomous operation or delivery solutions.

“As we continue to advance the Honda AWV platform, we want to meet with potential business partners and companies at CONEXPO that are interested in field testing the vehicle at their worksite,” said Jason VanBuren, systems engineering manager at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We believe the Honda AWV can be a valuable solution to supporting construction teams while also enhancing worksite efficiencies and safety. Leveraging Honda’s decades of experience developing reliable, safe and clean mobility technology, we aim to address issues such as labor shortages and improved environmental performance.”

The fully programmable all-electric Honda AWV leverages the company’s emerging advanced autonomous technology to create a rugged off-road work vehicle that is designed to support construction-related activities and enhance workforce productivity. With the ability to operate autonomously – or manually via remote control – the Honda AWV could provide a wide range of services to industries that need autonomous operation or delivery solutions, especially where workforce constraints make other solutions impractical. The company is also exploring the development of attachments and tools that could make the vehicle a suitable platform for many work environments.

Honda successfully field-tested the second-generation Honda AWV at a large-scale solar construction site in the Southwest United States. Based on real-world testing, the company is now introducing the third-generation Honda AWV which features a number of enhancements.

            Key features of the third-generation Honda AWV include:

  • Increased bed size to 2 pallets and greater loading capacity of 2,000 pounds
  • Improved navigation in locations where GNSS (global navigation satellite system) service is weak or unavailable through the use of LiDAR sensors
  • Simplified tablet-based programming interface and cloud connectivity
  • Higher speed in autonomous mode – up to 10 mph
  • Increased battery size and longer operating time of up to 10 hours
  • Enhanced avoidance function for vehicles stopped on road
  • Lower bed for easier loading and improved ergonomics


            The Honda AWV employs a suite of sensors to operate autonomously, using GPS for location, radar and lidar for obstacle detection and cameras for remote monitoring. Previous field tests have also successfully verified that multiple Honda AWVs can transport and deliver construction materials and supplies at precise points along a pre-set route. The vehicle leverages Honda’s extensive portfolio of mobility technologies, using common components from its automobiles and other products.

Honda autonomous work vehicle third-generation specifications

Honda anticipates further improvements to performance and design specifications as the development of the prototype Honda AWV continues to progress.


Vehicle dimensions

51 inches wide x 119 incheslong x 81 inches high

Bed size

101 inches x 51 inches

Unladen vehicle weight

1765 pounds

Maximum loading capacity

2000 pounds


  • Autonomous driving: Max 10 mph
  • Default by remote control:  2.5 mph

Minimum turning radius

11.4 feet

Battery size

18.6 kWh

Range at maximum loading capacity

Up to 28 miles depending on the use case


As Honda aims to commercialize AWV, the company is looking for partners to participate in field testing, as well as to improve functions and enhance services, especially in the areas of:

・  Product distribution

・  Product support / after-market sales

・  Software and attachment development