(4) New Honda 3E Robot Concepts Introduced at CES 2018! | Weird ATV thing + More…

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Honda will unveil its new 3E (3E = Empower, Experience, Empathy) Robotics Concept at CES 2018, demonstrating a range of experimental technologies engineered to advance mobility and make people’s lives better. Expressing a variety of functions and designs, the advanced robotic concepts demonstrate Honda’s vision of a society where robotics and AI can assist people in many situations, such as disaster recovery, recreation and learning from human interaction to become more helpful and empathetic. The Honda press conference is scheduled for January 9, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. PST (LVCC, North Hall – 7923) and that’s when Honda will let the cat out of the bag so-to-say on all of the nitty-gritty details and specs behind the four robots below.

You may be wondering, Kevin, you normally post stuff about new Honda Motorcycles, Side by Sides, ATVs etc so why are you posting about Honda’s new robots? Well.. For one, I think these are pretty cool and secondly – some of this technology will be making its way to Honda’s powersports model lineups so we’ll end up seeing some of this tech in the future on Honda motorcycles, UTVs, ATVs, scooters etc for 2019 and beyond. Case in point, check out the self-balancing Honda Riding Assist-e technology fitted to a motorcycle with what they learned from the famous Asimo robot.

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As part of the 3E Robotics Concept, Honda will reveal:

  • 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

In addition to the suite of robotics concepts, Honda will showcase its Mobile Power Pack World, which includes a portable, swappable battery pack for electric vehicles, and a re-charging system for use at home, recreation or during a natural disaster. The Mobile Power Pack World at CES will also exhibit a battery exchanger concept that can store and charge mobile power packs.

Global Innovator Showcase

Committed to creating transformative products through open innovation, Silicon Valley-based Honda Innovations will showcase new Honda Xcelerator partnerships with startups in the Global Innovator Showcase at CES. The Honda Xcelerator partners are:

  • BRAIQ bridges the gap between human preferences and artificial intelligence to personalize the driving style of autonomous vehicles.
  • DeepMap provides HD maps and real-time localization as a service for autonomous vehicles.
  • DynaOptics harnesses the power of free-form optics to bring superior situational awareness and safety to roads.
  • Tactual Labs brings real-time human body pose sensing to every surface and voxel.
  • WayRay is a Swiss developer of a holographic AR navigation system for advanced connected cars.

So… What do you guys think? Would you like to see any of these robots or mobility devices make it to the market and be up for sale so you could walk into your local Honda dealer and buy one? What price-point would they need to come in at before you would even remotely consider buying one?