Honda debuts new robots at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. Tech meets style and utility
You already know Honda brings cutting-edge technology to its cars. You might be one of millions of happy Honda drivers right now. (If not, why not make an appointment to come into Alberta Honda and test drive one of the latest models?) But did you know that Honda has long been at the forefront of robotics, too?
Honda introduced its amazing humanoid robot Asimo back in the year 2000. And at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which will be held in January in Las Vegas, Honda will introduce four new robotics concepts that demonstrate its commitment to technology that will engage people in every area of their lives.
The 3E Robotics Concept
Honda calls its new technology the 3E Robotics Concept. It says 3E stands for “Empower, Experience, Empathy.” Under this model, robots become more than curiosities or industrial drones; they become companions to help with mobility, disaster recovery, work, recreation, and more. As the Honda News website puts it, “The advanced robotic concepts demonstrate Honda’s vision of a society where robotics and AI [Artificial Intelligence] can assist people in many situations…learning from human interaction to become more helpful and empathetic.”
Meet the New Honda Family
The first robot, named 3E-A18, demonstrates how robots can be companions. Looking sort of like a bowling pin with a digital face, it responds to human interaction with expressions designed to show empathy. As robots become part of settings ranging from our homes to health care, they’ll need to become intuitive and user-friendly. 3E-A18 takes us one step closer to that goal.
Honda describes the next robot, 3E-B18, as “a chair-type mobility concept designed for casual use in indoor or outdoor spaces.” It’s perfect for people who are mobile but need an occasional assist. Its small footprint and upright stance will make it ideal for a range of activities.
The third robot, 3E-C18, is a waist-high rolling transport bot with digital LED eyes. Its multi-functional cargo space can serve as a cooler or nearly anything else you can dream of, and it will follow you autonomously anywhere you want to go.
Finally, 3E-D18 is an autonomous, AI-equipped all-terrain vehicle resembling a quad-bike. It’s designed to go into the toughest terrain and help out in any way you need it. Honda envisions it assisting in even the harshest work environments.
Power, to Go
At the 2018 CES, Honda will have a display it calls Mobile Power Pack World. Battery technology has long been one of the biggest challenges in the field of robotics. The most amazing robot or all-electric car is useless if it runs out of juice. Mobile Power Pack World will display a swappable battery pack for electric vehicles, along with a recharging system that can be used at home or during natural disasters.
Find Out More
Honda’s press conference at the CES will take place on January 9, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. PST. If you’ll be in Las Vegas, make sure to visit Honda’s Mobile Power Pack World exhibit. Honda’s Silicon Valley-based research and development company, Honda Innovations, will also have a booth in the Global Innovator Showcase at CES. There you can find out how Honda partners with tech companies to do research into artificial intelligence, mapping for autonomous vehicles, holographic augmented reality for connected cars, and more.