1/15/2018 | 1 MINUTE READ

Honda’s Different Take on an ATV

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Honda will be debuting its 2019 Insight Hybrid (designated a prototype, but it will be built at the company’s Greensburg, Indiana, plant, so it is perhaps more likely to be a bona-fide production-intent vehicle) today at the North American International Auto Show—a vehicle that features the third generation of the Honda two-motor hybrid system (1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack)— and although Acura will be showing the third-generation RDX crossover as well this morning we’ve got to give it up to this vehicle that was presented last week at CES: the 3E-D18, an electric, autonomous vehicle based on a Honda ATV vehicle that was designed by Honda R&D Americas: According to Pete Wendt, senior planner, Advanced Product Planning, Honda Power Sports Products Div., the 4WD vehicle utilizes GPS to determine where it is in space and a suite of sensors to check its local environment.

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Honda will be debuting its 2019 Insight Hybrid (designated a prototype, but it will be built at the company’s Greensburg, Indiana, plant, so it is perhaps more likely to be a bona-fide production-intent vehicle) today at the North American International Auto Show—a vehicle that features the third generation of the Honda two-motor hybrid system (1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack)—

Honda Insight Prototype

and although Acura will be showing the third-generation RDX crossover as well this morning

2019 Acura RDX Prototype

we’ve got to give it up to this vehicle that was presented last week at CES: the 3E-D18, an electric, autonomous vehicle based on a Honda ATV vehicle that was designed by Honda R&D Americas:

3E – Empower Concept

According to Pete Wendt, senior planner, Advanced Product Planning, Honda Power Sports Products Div., the 4WD vehicle utilizes GPS to determine where it is in space and a suite of sensors to check its local environment. Users can control the D18 via a smartphone or tablet, even with a smartphone interface.

In addition to the ATV chassis, it has airless tires that facilitate dealing with rugged terrain.

3E – Empower Concept

Wendt says that the unit is designed so that its upper deck can be fitted with a variety of things, ranging for racks to hold shovels to an advanced robotic arm that could be used for cultivation.

Clearly cool engineering.

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