Honda is preparing to demonstrate an autonomous all terrain vehicle (ATV) at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in January.

The Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle is a prototype off-road vehicle that combines Honda’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and emerging advanced autonomous technology.

It was designed by Honda R&D Americas to bring efficiencies and increased safety to public, commercial, and consumer enterprises, such as construction, agriculture, search and rescue and firefighting.

The Autonomous Work Vehicle is based on Honda’s proven ATV chassis, which has a 30-year history of accessing hard-to-reach locations with its rugged four-wheel drive system.

The vehicle features GPS and sensor-based autonomy capable of guiding the unit in almost any environment; a rail accessory mount system for limitless accessories and attachments; and on-board power plug-ins.

Since its debut at last year’s CES under the name 3E-D18, Honda has worked with partners to test and evaluate the vehicle in a broad range of work environments, including a large-scale solar operations company in North Carolina, a wildland firefighting division in Colorado, and an agricultural and environmental sciences college in California.

As development continues Honda wants to collaborate with partners to develop accessories and attachments that will expand the machine’s potential uses.

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