Honda’s CES Debuts Include Everything From A Huggable Robot To An Autonomous ATV

Honda has unveiled an assortment of different concepts at the Consumer Electronics Show.

First up, the 3E-D18 is autonomous ATV which is described as an “off-road workhorse” which can “support people in a broad range of work activities.” The model is based on the company’s popular ATV chassis and it features an electric powertrain, four-wheel drive, and airless tires which Honda says are “virtually indestructible.”

The 3E-D18 has been designed to accommodate an assortment of different attachments which would make the model ideal for everything from construction to fire fighting and search and rescue operations. Honda also notes the autonomous technology makes the concept perfect for performing mundane tasks or operating in dangerous environments such as a forest fire.

The 3E-B18 goes in a different direction as it looks like a futuristic wheelchair. Honda says the concept was designed for casual use and notes the model has a small radius as well as a height-adjustable seat which stays level even when the vehicle is being driven up or downhill.

The 3E-C18, on the other hand, resembles a small robotic cooler. The concept is electronically powered and features autonomous technology. Honda says the model “can learn by observing how people act” and can carry small objects in its body.

Perhaps the weirdest concept is the 3E-A18 which is a companion robot that can understand and respond to human emotions with facial expressions. Honda says the concept could serve as a guide at airports or shopping malls and the company even gave the model a “soft exterior skin” so people can hug it.

Honda also used the show to introduce the PCX Electric and 4W-Vehicle concepts. The models use portable, swappable, and rechargeable batteries which each have an output of at least 1 kWh. The vehicles have been designed to accommodate multiple batteries and Honda says drivers can simply swap them out for fully recharged batteries when needed.

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