Honda introduced its new 3E
(Empower, Experience, Empathy) Robotics Concept at CES 2018, demonstrating a
range of experimental technologies engineered to understand people’s needs and
make their lives better. Through a suite of robotic concepts expressing a
variety of functions and designs, Honda shared its 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
Honda’s 3E Robotics Concept is
part of the company’s core areas of focus at CES 2018: robotics, mobility, and
energy management. Honda intends to pursue these areas through its “open
innovation” approach, developing technology themes that foster collaboration
with partners who share Honda’s vision. Rather than stand-alone devices that
work independently, Honda envisions robotics as multiple devices that work
together as a system, enabling people to expand their life’s potential.
At CES 2018, Honda is also showcasing
Mobile Power Pack World, featuring the broad application of a swappable,
rechargeable battery pack and exchanger system that allows for easy storage of
excess renewable energy. From powering vehicles to running home appliances, the
system provides a flexible energy solution that can improve people’s lives,
especially in regions where the energy supply may be unstable.
Xcelerator Startups Demonstrate Future Mobility Solutions
Six technology startups are
partnering with Honda Xcelerator at CES 2018 to demonstrate technologies that
have the potential to transform mobility, focusing on challenges posed by
autonomous vehicles and advanced connected cars. Honda is featuring
partnerships with BRAIQ, DeepMap, DynaOptics, EXO Technologies, Tactual Labs,
and WayRay at Honda’s Global Innovator Showcase.
As part of Silicon
Valley-based Honda Innovations, Honda Xcelerator serves as a catalyst to
discover and experiment with new technologies and business concepts. Honda
Xcelerator provides startups with funding for prototyping, access to a
collaborative workspace, and support from Honda mentors. Focus areas for Honda
Xcelerator include Artificial Intelligence, Connected Vehicles, Energy
Innovation, Human Machine Interface, Industrial Innovation, Personal Mobility,
our Xcelerator partners, Honda will explore technologies that can potentially
transform its future products and services, and create new business
opportunities,” said Honda Innovations CEO, Nick Sugimoto. “We encourage
innovators who share our vision to meet with us at CES 2018.”
Honda Innovations recently
announced its expanded engagement of startup ecosystems in Japan, China,
Detroit and Europe. Honda supports outreach to startups in key innovation hubs
globally through its partnerships with incubators MassChallenge (Boston, Mass.)
and Drive (Tel Aviv, Israel), and through the equity crowd funding platform
OurCrowd (Jerusalem, Israel).
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