Honda has one of the most diverse product portfolios, covering everything from lawnmowers to private jets not to mention a sizeable robotics division which is set to take centre stage at January’s Consumer Electronics Show.
While you have have already heard of or seen ASIMO, Honda’s humanoid helper-robot, at CES the Japanese company will unleash an armada (well, four actually) of advanced robot concepts under the 3E family.
Honda’s 3E stands for “Empower, Experience, Empathy” with each of the four robots designed as mobility helpers for humans, (rather than trying to overthrow mankind and take control of the planet, at least not yet anyway).
Honda’s keeping a lid on full details of the concepts for now, but has issued a brief description of what each unit is designed for.
The friendly little unit in extreme close-up, above, is 3E-A18 and can apparently show compassion to humans through facial expressions, the next is 3E-B18, essentially a motorised chair designed for “casual use” indoors and outdoors.
Although it looks somewhat like a cooler box on wheels (because it is), 3E-C18 fills the role of electric mobility with a multi-functional cargo space. Keen esky spotters will note that Honda had set this one to work previously, then called RoboCas, at the Tokyo Motor Show earlier in 2017.
By far the least cuddly looking of the quartet is 3E-D18, thanks to its angry (or at times vacant) face. With the underpinnings of a Honda ATV adapted for use as an autonomous off-road support vehicle for outdoor workers.
Honda will also feature Mobile Power Pack World, it’s vision for portable, swappable EV battery packs that can be used to power vehicles, or homes in emergency situations. The MPPW feature will also showcase a battery exchanger concept, essential the home base that will store and charge the swappable batteries.
The Consumer Electronics Show takes place in Las Vegas from the 9th January and TMR will be there to cover all the latest auto-related tech trends.
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