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Honda Debuts New EV and Motorcycle at CES


On the CES show floor in Las Vegas, Honda debuted a host of new mobility solutions that will likely be seen on Honda products in the coming years, including a self-stabilizing motorcycle, new AI gizmos that improve self-driving systems for automobiles, and a personal mobility device that allows the rider to sit on a self-balancing piece of technology to help people get around. The future is here, at least somewhat.

The first introduction is Honda’s new Riding Assist Motorcycle, which unlike other self-balancing motorcycles, doesn’t rely on gyroscopes to provide a stable ride. Rather, Honda decided that the gyros were too heavy and created an odd experience for routine motorcycle riders. Instead, Honda relied on incorporated technology based on the company’s UNI-CUB personal mobility device which balances by adjusting the lean in the direction of travel and increasing the front fork angle while using small steering inputs to keep the motorcycle centered.

Secondly, Honda debuted its NeuV automobile. Pronounced “new vee” and standing for New Electric Urban Vehicle, the concept is what Honda thinks the future of automobiles will likely be. Based on the idea that most privately owned automobiles sit idle 96 percent of their life, 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.” This would thereby enable the owner to make money when they’re at work.

Honda Riding Assist

“We designed NeuV to become more valuable to the owner by optimizing and monetizing the vehicle’s down time,” said Mike Tsay, principal designer for Honda R&D Americas.

That isn’t the only interesting function on the NeuV. According to Honda, the NeuV uses an AI assistant with an “emotion engine” called HANA (Honda Automated Network Assistant). HANA uses a suite of sensors and cameras to detect the driver and passenger’s emotions and try to understand their judgments and past decisions to help them make better choices and recommendations. Essentially, HANA is your ever-watchful mother, making sure you live up to your potential.