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Honda’s Robot ATV Is a Workhorse We Hope Isn’t Planning to Destroy Humanity


At CES in Las Vegas this week, Honda demonstrated tested use cases for the autonomous work robot prototype it premiered at the previous iteration of the technology convention last January. The brand is openly seeking partners to further integrate this literal rolling tech bed into other sectors.

The droid, which resembles a wheeled ox that’s been put through a car crusher, is known by the mechanical moniker 3E-D18. Built on the rugged ATV chassis that the brand has been producing and honing for three decades, the robot features all-wheel drive, a GPS- and sensor-based semi-autonomous drivetrain, and the ability to attach and power swappable accessories through a rail-mount system.

It also has the capacity to be programmed to move according to three different self-driving modalities: A-to-B (point-to-point, as directed by GPS), Pattern (sweeping back and forth as if on the hunt for something, or in some other shape), and Follow Me (locking on and tracking a human or other object.)

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