Honda flexed its considerable technology muscle at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, kicking-off things by announcing collaborations with Visa and Dreamworks Animation out of its Honda Silicon Valley Lab.
Dreamworks is working with Honda to develop augmented and virtual reality content for in-vehicle use while the Visa program is heading towards paying for fuel and parking without leaving your car.
But it doesn’t end there - via the Honda Developer Studio and Honda Xcelerator programs the company is actively seeking more technology partners and opening a dedicated web channel for interested parties.
Headlining its four-wheel technology in Vegas, Honda rolled-out the NeuV electric mini-vehicle concept (top of page) with an artificial intelligence (AI) managed Emotion Engine. It’s called the Honda Automated Network Assistant (HANA) and it can check the driver’s emotional status, make music recommendations based on mood and, by learning behaviour and emotions based on past decisions, support your daily driving routine.
NueV means New Electric Urban Vehicle and it is intended to be an automated ride sharing vehicle which, when not being used by its owner, can pick-up and drop-off customers in the local area. Honda says private vehicles sit empty for up to 96 percent of their life so when the NueV is not being used by its owner it can become a source of income.
Also Honda envisions the electric car selling energy back to the grid - another income-generating function.
Inside the two-seater is a complete touch panel interface shared by driver and passenger and an electric skateboard to take you from a parking place to your final destination.
Autonomous driving will use vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication and, under that umbrella, Honda rolled-out “Safe Swarm” autonomous driving technology.
Safe Swarm reflects the swimming behavior of large schools of fish - all vehicles communicate with each other via short-range communication taking stress off the driver and potentially leading to collision-free motoring.
In two-wheel news, Honda’s Riding Assistant technology made its global debut in Vegas. This self-balancing motorcycle - unlike similar ideas which use heavy gyroscopes - uses technology developed for the Honda UNI-CUB to prevent the motorcycle from falling over while parked.
Visitors to the Honda stand sampled the UNI-CUB which is a seated personal mobility device where the operator accelerates, stops and turns simply by shifting body weight.
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