showcased a variety of mobility, robotics, energy management, and connected
concepts at CES 2019 that have the potential to create a cleaner, safer, and
more convenient world. The company featured demonstrations of in-vehicle
connected services in the all-new 2019 Honda Passport, and provided a first
look at real-world testing of the off-road Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle, a new
category of vehicle dreamed up by Honda engineers.
Innovations, the Silicon Valley arm of Honda R&D, will debut new
collaborations with startups and major brand partners through its open
innovation programmes, Honda Developer Studio and Honda Xcelerator. Both serve
as catalysts to discover and experiment with new technologies and concepts,
further emphasizing Honda’s commitment to open innovation.
HONDA FEATURED THE FOLLOWING TECHNOLOGY
PROTOTYPES AND CONCEPTS:
Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle: Increasing
showed real-world testing scenarios of the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle, a
prototype off-road vehicle that is a combination of Honda’s all-terrain vehicle
(ATV) and emerging advanced autonomous technology. It was designed by Honda
R&D Americas to bring efficiencies and increased safety to public, commercial,
and consumer enterprises, such as construction, agriculture, search and rescue
and firefighting. The Autonomous Work Vehicle is based on Honda’s proven ATV
chassis, which has a 30-year history of accessing hard-to-reach locations with
its rugged four-wheel drive system. The vehicle features GPS and sensor-based
autonomy capable of guiding the unit in almost any environment; a rail
accessory mount system for limitless accessories and attachments; and onboard
SAFE SWARM : Creating a safer driving
SWARM is a concept that demonstrates Honda’s dream to realise a collision-free
society through safe and smooth traffic flow using connected car technologies.
Inspired by nature, Honda R&D developed this unique SAFE SWARM concept with
the goal of enabling vehicles to wirelessly communicate and move fluidly and
efficiently without a collision like a school of fish. Using
Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology, Honda SAFE SWARM allows vehicles to
communicate with surrounding vehicles and share key information such as
location and speed. With this information, along with the sensor suite on the
vehicle, the driver or automated vehicle systems can determine the safest
course of action in merging with traffic or avoiding a road hazard. Ultimately,
Honda believes that connecting all road users will create a safer
transportation environment, mitigating and eventually eliminating all traffic
SAFE SWARM concept can improve traffic flow by taking information from vehicles
ahead to prevent potential traffic snarls, take early braking action to help
avoid a wave of emergency braking, or to change lanes if needed. It does this
through an on-board system with V2X communication, as well as the existing
sensors on the vehicle and even sensors in the infrastructure.
introducing the SAFE SWARM concept at
CES 2017, Honda has been conducting closed course testing and will next
evaluate the concept in a real-world environment on the 33 Smart Mobility
Corridor in Ohio, planned to become the longest stretch of continuously
connected vehicle-to-infrastructure roadway in the world.
Robotics: Enhancing people’s lives
is developing a variety of robotics technologies to carry out its vision of a
future where robotics devices support people and enhance human potential. The
Honda P.A.T.H. (Predicting Action of the Human) Bot is a robot specialised in
moving smoothly around public places without interfering with people. Equipped
with artificial intelligence, Honda P.A.T.H. Bot uses an onboard camera and
sensors to identify its location and recognize its surroundings, allowing it to
move from one destination to the next while avoiding obstacles and selecting
the optimal route. Honda is seeking P.A.T.H. Bot field demonstration testing
Wireless Vehicle-to-Grid: Reducing CO2
while creating new customer value
debuted its Wireless Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), a bi-directional energy management
system that has the potential to reduce CO2 and create new value for customers.
The growing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) has the potential to strain
the power grid, leading to the increased use of non-renewable energy sources to
meet demand, which will result in greater carbon emissions. Recognizing that
batteries in vehicles also can be used as storage to help balance supply and
demand, Honda EV owners will be able to participate in the V2G program and
receive compensation from utility operators who benefit from the use of Honda
EVs to balance the grid’s energy supply.
charging with a conventional charging cable, the system enables noncontact
charging and discharging of an EV by parking on a charging pad, which makes the
charging experience more convenient for customers. Honda has developed this
Wireless Vehicle-to-Grid with WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power
transfer over distance. The Honda Wireless Vehicle-to-Grid can help eliminate
the gap between supply and demand of electricity by charging EVs when power
generation is greater than power consumption, and by discharging electricity
from EVs to the power grid when consumption is greater than generation. To put
this system in practical use, Honda is interested in collaborating with
energy-related companies, including aggregators and electric companies.
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