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LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Honda has unveiled a ‘Co-operative Mobility Ecosystem’ concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – something said to connect the power of artificial intelligence, robotics and ‘big data’ to transform the mobility and “improve its customers’ quality of life”.
The company has a number of prototype and concept technology demonstrations that envision a future in which vehicles will communicate with each other and external infrastructure to ease traffic congestion and eliminate road deaths.
All this while, it says, facilitates “increasing the productivity of road-users and delivering new in-vehicle entertainment experiences”.
FIRST UP IS THE HONDA NEUV
“The vehicles,” Honda declares, “will create new value by providing services autonomously when not in use by their owners.”
Honda has also announced technology collaboration with Visa, DreamWorks Animation and innovative start-ups through a Honda Developer Studio and Honda Xcelerator based in the Honda Silicon Valley Lab.
For starters, Honda has unveiled the Honda NeuV, an automated electric concept car equipped with an “artificial intelligence emotion engine” and automated personal assistant that, it hopes will create possibilities for more human interaction and more value for customers.
MEET THE MOTORCYCLE THAT CAN’T FALL OVER
Also on show is Honda Moto Riding Assist, a concept motorcycle that applies Honda’s robotics technology to maintain balance. Visitors can experience Honda robotics technology first-hand by “test driving” the Uni-Cub – a self-balancing personal mobility device.
Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, president and CEO of Honda R&D, told The Corner in a media release: “Since founding, Honda has focused on creating technology that helps people. Our goal is to show a future-technology path that results in a re-defined mobility experience.”
Here’s a summary of the products and technology on the Honda CES stand…
Honda Riding Assist motorcycle
Honda has unveiled its Moto Riding Assist technology which uses the brand’s robotics technology for a self-balancing motorcycle that greatly reduces the possibility of it falling while parked or stationary.
Rather than gyroscopes, which add a great deal of weight and alter the riding experience (as used by other companies), the machine uses technology developed for the company’s Uni-Cub personal mobility device.
Honda NeuV (pronounced New-Vee, folks!)
…otherwise known as the New Electric Urban Vehicle. It was designed to create possibilities for customers as a concept whose genesis was based on the fact that private vehicles are idle for 96% of their life.
“The NeuV,” Hond explains, “explores value for its owner as an automated ride-sharing vehicle that can pick-up and drop-off customers at local destinations while not needed by its owner.
“It can also sell energy back to the electric grid during times of high demand when not in use.”
Such activities, Honda says, could create a new business model for enterprising customers.
MAKE MONEY FROM THE FAMILY CAR
Mike Tsay, principal designer with Honda R&D Americas, told The Corner: “We designed (at the Neuve centre, perhaps? – Ed) NeuV to become more valuable to the owner by optimising and monetising the vehicle’s downtime.”
The aforementioned “emotion engine” is an emerging technology called HANA (Honda Automated Network Assistant, silly!) in the NeuV to learn from the driver by detecting the emotions behind the driver’s judgments and then, based on the driver’s past decisions, make new choices and recommendations.
ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD PART OF PACKAGE
HANA can monitor the driver’s emotional well-being, make mode-appropriate music recommendations and support the owner’s daily driving routine.
The NeuV, Honda says, has a full touch-panel interface for driver and passenger to access a simple and convenient user experience. “The vehicle has two seats, a storage area at the rear, and an electric skateboard for ‘”last mile'” transit.
“There’s also outstanding outward visibility through a wrap-around windscreen and a dramatically sloping belt line that make manoeuvring easy.”
Also being shown at CES, is Honda’s Safe Swarm concept which, the company says, “uses bio-mimicry – replicating the behaviour of a school of fish – to create a safer, more efficient and enjoyable driving experience”.
The product demo immerses visitors in a world where vehicles sharing the road communicate with each other through dedicated short range communication to support the driver in complex driving situations.
“It enables vehicles to co-operate in reducing stress,” Honda says, “and, ultimately, collision-free mobility.”
‘WE WANT TO PREVENT COLLISIONS’
Frank Paluch, president of Honda R&D Americas, explained: “We’re working to refine and advance this technology to create a collision-free society in the 2040’s using vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, ‘big data’ and artificial intelligence.
“We want to work with others to create predictable and managed road conditions to prevent collisions.”
The Honda Uni-Cub…
…exhibit is showing a self-balancing personal mobility device that allows its seated rider to control speed, change direction and stop, all by simply shifting hisher body weight.
Nothing new there, then…
What is new is that software is being created to control the device through a smartphone and similar device to expand its functionality for humans.
It can move forwards, backwards, laterally and diagonally to manoeuvre easily among pedestrians.
If you happen to be in Las Vegas, go take a look…