Honda Previews AI Vehicle

06 December 2016 | by Chris Maillard

Honda has released an image and a small amount of information on a concept it will be launching at January's CES show; a boxy urban car called NeuV.

While described as “a concept automated EV commuter vehicle equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) called ‘emotion engine’ that creates new possibilities for human interaction and new value for customers,” we can't help but notice that it also features a steering wheel, which seems to run a little counter to the company's robotic ambitions. More information when we see it in real life at the show, however, where Honda is also promising to reveal partnerships with other global tech companies in order to “create a more productive and enjoyable mobility experience”.

And here's a little more background, from the company's mission statement: “Honda also is testing advanced automated vehicle technologies in Japan and North America and is targeting 2020 for the deployment of highly automated vehicles on U.S. highways. Honda also is working to fulfill its environmental and safety vision: ‘to realize the joy and freedom of mobility and a sustainable society where people can enjoy life.‘ Toward this target, Honda is striving to make two-thirds of its global automobile sales from hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electrified vehicles including fuel cell and battery electric vehicles by around 2030.”

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