Honda Just Unveiled Four Adorable Robots Ahead of CES 2018
While Honda is mostly known as an automaker, those who follow the brand a little more closely know that it also likes to delve into the world of robotics and mobility. Just ahead of CES 2018 (January 9th through the 12th), Honda released a video preview of four tiny, adorable robots as a part of its 3E (Empower, Experience, Empathy) Robotics Concept.
The robots were designed to demonstrate “a range of experimental technologies engineered to advance mobility and make people’s lives better,” according to Honda. The hope is that the robots will exist in a future where AI intelligence can assist people in multiple situations, including disaster recovery, which seems to be a pressing necessity as of late.
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Per Honda’s press release, each of the four robot concepts has a specific set of skills and functions:
- 3E-A18: a companion robotics concept that shows compassion to humans with a variety of facial expressions
- 3E-B18: a chair-type mobility concept designed for casual use in indoor or outdoor spaces
- 3E-C18: a small-sized electric mobility concept with multi-functional cargo space
- 3E-D18: an autonomous off-road vehicle concept with AI designed to support people in a broad range of work activities
Along with the 3E Robotics Concept suite, Honda will also be unveiling its Mobile Power Pack World—a portable battery pack for electric vehicles and a charging system for use at home, recreation, or during any sort of disastrous event.
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There will be many conferences covering the auto industry, including Honda’s presentation on January 9th at 11am PST. Some of the topics of other conferences include self-driving technology liability, the future of mobility and autonomy, and cybersecurity and the auto industry, among others.