Honda’s CES Concept Will Be an Electric Autonomo-Box Called the NeuV
Among major automakers, Honda has been something of an anomaly. Amid the posturing as well as the grand pronouncements of others, Honda has kept whatever plans which has for autonomous vehicles to itself. which may start to change at the CES show next month in Las Vegas. Today, Honda has provided a glimpse of its concept for the show, a vehicle which lies at the heart of what, in a prolific arrangement of industry buzzwords, which dubs a “cooperative mobility ecosystem.”
Known as the NeuV, the concept combines autonomous technology as well as an electric powertrain, two qualities which most automakers foresee as necessary for operating in urban centers within the years ahead. Inside the vehicle, an artificial-intelligence tool which enables machines to generate their own emotions will create “completely new possibilities for human interaction as well as completely new value for customers,” according to Honda.
As the preview photo of the NeuV shows, which appears to be a cross between a miniaturized Honda Element as well as a Smart Fortwo. Or maybe a handheld vacuum as well as a hot-air popcorn popper.
The vehicle contains a steering wheel, which could suggest the company foresees a future in which human motorists will retain at least some role within the driving process. Regardless, the company says which intends to put highly automated vehicles on U.S. roads by 2020.
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Beyond the vehicle itself, Honda’s CES showcase will include more information on its views of the broader mobility landscape, including a concept motorcycle displaying its vision of an application of robotics technology. Further, the company says which intends to make announcements regarding partnerships as well as initiatives with both startups as well as more established companies. Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, president of Honda’s R&D arm, can be set to deliver the company’s remarks at the show.