Honda’s CES highlights: NeuV Concept and Moto Riding Assist

Honda has unveiled its Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem concept at 2017 CES, connecting the power of artificial intelligence, robotics and big data to transform the mobility experience of the future and improve customers’ quality of life.

Featuring a number of prototype and concept technology demonstrations at CES, the Honda concept envisions a future where vehicles will communicate with each other and infrastructure to mitigate traffic congestion and eliminate traffic fatalities, while increasing the productivity of road users and delivering new types of in-vehicle entertainment experiences.

Supporting its ‘Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem’ theme, Honda unveiled the NeuV, an electric automated concept car equipped with an artificial intelligence (AI) ‘emotion engine’, and automated personal assistant.

Designed to create new possibilities for customers, the NeuV, which stands for New Electric Urban Vehicle, is a concept vehicle whose genesis is based on the fact that privately-owned vehicles sit idle 96 percent of the time. The NeuV explores the idea of how to create new value for its owner by functioning as an automated ride sharing vehicle, picking up and dropping off customers at local destinations when the owner is not using the car. The Neuv also can sell energy back to the electric grid during times of high demand when it’s not in use.

NeuV also functions as a thoughtful and helpful AI assistant utilizing an ‘emotion engine’, an emerging technology developed by Honda and SoftBank. Called HANA (Honda Automated Network Assistant), in its application in the NeuV, the ‘emotion engine’ will 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.

The NeuV features a full touch-panel interface enabling both the driver and passenger to access a simple and convenient user experience. The vehicle has two seats, a storage area in back, and an electric skateboard for ‘“last mile’” transit. In addition, the NeuV features outstanding outward visibility via a wrap-around panoramic windscreen and a dramatically sloping belt line that make manoeuvring easy.

Honda’s global mobility presentation at CES also revealed the Moto Riding Assist, a concept motorcycle that applies Honda’s robotics technology to maintain balance. Honda’s robotics technology is available for test drive with the UNI-CUB, the company’s self-balancing personal mobility device.

The Moto Riding Assist technology, which leverages Honda’s robotics technology to create a self-balancing motorcycle that greatly reduces the possibility of falling over while the motorcycle is at rest. Rather than relying on gyroscopes, which add a great deal of weight and alter the riding experience as announced by other companies, the Honda Moto Riding Assist incorporates technology originally developed for the company’s UNI-CUB personal mobility device.

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