The robots are coming: Honda reveals AI concepts

Posted on Dec 7, 2017 by

Japanese manufacturer is preparing four robot concepts for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in January in Las Vegas

Honda CES 2018 AI

The automotive journalism year traditionally opens up with a grey blizzard over the boarded up streets of Detroit, for the North American motor show taking place early every January. With the car world and the tech world rapidly merging into one, the calendar now also beings with the Consumer Electronics Show also held every January, in Las Vegas.

Of course CES attracts a different kind of auto ware than the Motor City – this time in Las Vegas Honda for one will be bringing along a bunch of human assistance robots including an autonomous quad.

Honda CES 2018 AI

Honda has created the four concept robots in an effort to advance our society to the point where artificial intelligence coexists with humans to assist people in many situations, “such as disaster recovery, recreation and learning from human interaction to become more helpful and empathetic,” according to the manufacturer. Sure, right up until the robots figure the whole gig out…

Honda CES 2018 AI

Amongst the four Las Vegas concepts, the Honda 3E-18 seems to just be able to make faces, while the 3E-B18 is a cushy looking mobile chair. The 3E-C18 meanwhile is a mobility concept with extra cargo space, and the highlight, the 3E-D18, is basically an autonomous quad that can do your farm chores for you. Let’s hope it can nail a couple of landings too.

The whole 3E thing, by the way, stands for ‘Empower, Experience, and Empathy’, which is Honda corporate way of saying “Yay, robots!”

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