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Honda’s Rebelle Rally Teams Navigate 2019 Honda Passport and 2018 Ridgeline Across Nevada and California Desert

  • Honda engineers ready for adventure of a lifetime in all-women 2019 Rebelle Rally off-road navigation event
  • Honda Passport and Ridgeline showcase off-road capabilities of Honda light trucks across 1,600 miles of challenging terrain

A group of Honda engineers will pursue their outdoor passions and take the company’s product development efforts to the next level as they tackle the 2019 Rebelle Rally, an all-women off-road navigation event in the United States. Starting October 10, two driver/navigator teams of engineers from Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) in California and Ohio will compete in the Rebelle Rally, the second straight year Honda has participated.

Kicking off on October 10 at Lake Tahoe, the Rebelle Rally covers eight days of competition that traverses the western portion of Nevada, crossing into Southern California to finish at the Imperial Sand Dunes. It’s not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event where the teams strategically navigate from checkpoint to checkpoint – within set windows of time – using only maps, compasses, and a roadbook.

Team Challenging Spirit (#203) to Drive the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

Team Challenging Spirit #203 features Sharon Moore, HRA senior engineering technician based in Torrance, California, and Michelle Klein, HRA crash safety test engineer based in Raymond, Ohio, who will return for her second Rebelle Rally to navigate the 2018 Ridgeline. Moore’s role at HRA is to create full-scale models of future Honda and Acura vehicles, helping designers and engineers realize their ideas in three dimensions. Past projects have included the first-generation Honda Ridgeline, first-generation Honda Element, and the Acura CLX concept car (1995), as well as contributing to the Honda GRX (2006) and Acura Bike Tour Trike (Velomobile) concepts.

Klein is the only returning Rebelle Rally competitor from 2018, and has been a mentor for her teammates. As part of the safety engineering team at Honda R&D Americas, she conducts whiplash testing to study and improve the safety of Honda and Acura products. Klein has worked on safety testing for many vehicles, including the 2016 Honda Pilot, 2016 Honda Civic, 2016 Honda Odyssey, 2016 Honda Ridgeline, and the 2019 Acura RDX.

“I want every woman to experience this type of life-changing event of facing their own inner fears of failure with bravery, endurance and determination,” said Klein. “Last year’s Rebelle Rally was a transformational experience for me and I am grateful for the opportunity to mentor and help new drivers cross the finish line.”

Team Sand Mode (#208) to Navigate the 2019 Honda Passport

Team Sand Mode #208 features Liz Casteel, HRA chassis reliability test engineer based in Raymond, Ohio, and Tasha Krug, HRA engine systems and drivability test engineer – also based in Raymond, Ohio – who will compete in the 2019 Passport. Casteel helps guarantee the reliability of Honda and Acura vehicles through subframe and suspension testing, which includes in-lab and on-car strength, durability, and marketability analyses. She has been a member of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline and 2019 Acura RDX development teams.

“I am excited for the Rebelle Rally and look forward to facing the challenges that it will throw at us,” said Casteel. “It is a unique event that will bring our Honda team even closer through the adversities we will overcome.”

In her role at Honda R&D Americas, Krug calibrates engines and automatic idle-stop systems, which can enhance fuel efficiency and reduce emissions in city driving. She has tested on-board diagnostics failsafe systems and was on the 2019 Acura RDX development team.

Design Inspiration for Honda Vehicle Wraps

The Rebelle Rally wrap for the 2018 Ridgeline was designed by Honda exterior designer Lili Melikian and celebrates Honda’s performance development heritage. The Ridgeline’s wrap is a simple expression of performance and dynamic motion, with the intent to make it look sporty, energetic, and eye-catching. The side of the Ridgeline features a “Triangulation” pattern, which was inspired by the navigation method drivers use to pinpoint their location in the wild. This involves mapping three nearby landmarks to determine where you are. Honda Rebelle Rally team members and supporters in Ohio and California also are represented in the wrap design.

The Rebelle Rally wrap for the 2019 Passport pays homage to Honda’s off-road heritage and offering accessibility to off-road adventures – much like the Rebelle Rally – by featuring an illustration of Honda’s iconic Mini Trail 70 on the 50th anniversary of its introduction.

Proving Ground for 2019 Honda Passport and 2018 Ridgeline

The Rebelle Rally provides a unique opportunity for Honda engineers to test the 2019 Passport and 2018 Ridgeline in the type of environments they’re designed to be driven in. Both vehicles are only lightly modified from stock. These modifications are mainly custom front and rear skid plates, more all-terrain off-road tires, auxiliary lights, roof rails, and an in-cabin tire rack.

The 2019 Passport is the newest addition to Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup and delivers a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road capability along with best-in-class interior space. The 2018 Ridgeline pickup truck won North American Truck of the Year for this generation’s first year in 2017, and is the only unibody midsize pickup available in the U.S. Both vehicles feature Honda’s highly advanced Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system that includes Intelligent Traction Management (ITM) modes of Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand that allows the driver to select the best all-wheel drive parameters for the environment.

To follow Honda’s teams during the Rebelle Rally, visit https://www.rebellerally.com. Additional photos and video are available to media upon request.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Honda Opens Doors to U.S. Safety Research & Development Labs

  • Honda safety R&D center in Ohio led efforts to develop new airbag technology
  • Dedicated media website with downloadable assets provides detailed look at facilities, testing and engineers as the company advances its “Safety for Everyone” initiative

Honda recently provided an immersive look into its safety research & development efforts as part of its “Safety for Everyone” initiative when it hosted a small group of media at the company’s R&D labs in Raymond, Ohio. The group interacted with top safety engineers, toured state-of-the-art test facilities, and spent some time behind the wheel to experience a variety of vehicle and pedestrian-related tests. Honda also showcased a new passenger front airbag designed to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities in a wider variety of frontal collisions. Plus, the company conducted a small overlap crash test of a 2019 Honda Civic to highlight its innovative crash safety features including the company’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.

An extensive array of video and photographic assets were produced for the event, including interviews with top Honda safety engineers, dynamic component testing, two different tests of the new airbag, Honda Sensing® on-road testing, and slow-motion video of the small overlap crash test from multiple angles. To assist media in covering Honda safety-related news and activities, the collection of assets can be viewed and downloaded from a dedicated media website: https://bit.ly/2NjO4JO.

Honda’s Ohio safety center is one the most sophisticated facilities for safety research, development and testing in the world and includes facilities dedicated to advanced crash simulations, pedestrian safety, collision testing and advanced restraint system development and tuning.

About Honda Safety Leadership
Based on its “Safety for Everyone” approach, Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians.

Toward Honda’s goal of a “zero-collision society,” the company is broadly applying active safety and driver-assistive systems such as Honda Sensing® and AcuraWatch™. These technologies can significantly reduce the likelihood or severity of a collision and also serve as a bridge to highly automated vehicles of the future. Honda is targeting 2020 for the deployment of vehicles with highly automated highway driving capability and 2025 for the technological achievement of SAE Level 4 automated vehicles for personal use.

About Honda R&D
Operating 14 facilities in the United States, Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) was incorporated in 1984 after beginning operations in California in 1975. HRA is responsible for creating advanced products and technologies that provide new value to Honda and Acura customers. HRA conducts all phases of product development in the U.S., from market and technology research and styling through engineering design to prototype fabrication and testing, local parts procurement and support for mass production preparation.

With major facilities in California, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, HRA is engaged in the development of Honda and Acura automobiles and Honda powersports and power equipment products. HRA is also playing a lead role in the development of leading-edge safety, driver assistive and environmental technologies. Learn more at http://www.hondaresearch.com/.

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Honda R&D Americas Vice President Ted Klaus to Present Keynote at AutoMobility LA

WHAT:

Ted Klaus, Honda R&D Americas, Inc. Vice President of Strategic Research, will deliver a keynote presentation entitled “Safe Swarm: Preparing Highways for the Autonomous Future” at AutoMobility LA. Klaus will share Honda’s vision for a collision-free mobility future and provide details on how the company is working toward this goal.

 

WHY:

While much of the narrative about autonomous vehicles has focused on the race
to achieve near-term, individual product milestones, many challenges remain to ensure that all road users are able to safely enjoy the benefits of the autonomous age. Klaus will discuss how Honda is addressing the challenge of creating a system of effective communication and coordination among non-automated vehicles, all makes and models of automated and autonomous vehicles, and, more broadly, with all road-users.

 

WHAT ELSE:

Klaus will discuss the details of the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor, a private-public
partnership with the state of Ohio to develop a prototype connected highway. Based on Honda’s Safe Swarm concept, which uses biomimicry to understand the complex and simultaneous movement of multiple vehicles, the project seeks to enable coordination among all vehicles in order to reduce traffic congestion, mitigate potential collisions and provide a more comfortable driving experience. Klaus will share real-world trial results that are helping Honda move toward its vision of a collision-free mobility future.

 

WHEN:

Tuesday, November 27 at 1:50 p.m. PT

 

WHERE:

AutoMobility LA Technology Pavilion
1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

INTERVIEWS:

Ted Klaus will be available after his presentation.

 

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Honda R&D Engineer Reflects on the Power of Mobility in Her Role as Product Development Leader

Lara Harrington is the First Woman in Honda Product Development Leader Role

Lara Harrington learned the transformative power of mobility at a young age. Growing up outside of Dayton, Ohio, the chief engineer at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. learned from her parents how the simple ability to move safely from one point to another could have a profound impact on someone’s life.

“My mother was raised in rural Tennessee and when they built a road that connected her town to other towns, she suddenly had the opportunity to transform her life by going to college,” said Harrington, who is featured in the latest What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series. “I realized at a young age the power of mobility and how it makes peoples’ lives better.”

With Honda for 27 years, Harrington led development of the 2019 Honda Pilot, becoming the first woman in Honda to fulfill this top product-development role.

“My job is to understand the customer’s needs first and foremost and to exceed their expectations in the product,” Harrington said. “Having a diverse team of associates ensures different points of view and experiences are ultimately represented in the product development process.”

The Who Makes a Honda video series focuses on Honda associates who live out the company’s commitment to The Power of Dreams, a global theme that encourages Honda associates to conceive ideas that will create new value for customers and society and then show the determination required to bring those dreams to life. In addition, the video series spotlights the inspiring efforts of Honda associates in their work and in the community.

The Who Makes a Honda video featuring Lara Harrington can be viewed on Honda’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/3VvaDmGUWnE.

Honda Corporate Social Responsibility
Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future.

Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/

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Honda R&D Engineer Reflects on the Power of Mobility in Her Role as Product Development Leader

Lara Harrington is the First Woman in Honda Product Development Leader Role

Lara Harrington learned the transformative power of mobility at a young age. Growing up outside of Dayton, Ohio, the chief engineer at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. learned from her parents how the simple ability to move safely from one point to another could have a profound impact on someone’s life.

“My mother was raised in rural Tennessee and when they built a road that connected her town to other towns, she suddenly had the opportunity to transform her life by going to college,” said Harrington, who is featured in the latest What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series. “I realized at a young age the power of mobility and how it makes peoples’ lives better.”

With Honda for 27 years, Harrington led development of the 2019 Honda Pilot, becoming the first woman in Honda to fulfill this top product-development role.

“My job is to understand the customer’s needs first and foremost and to exceed their expectations in the product,” Harrington said. “Having a diverse team of associates ensures different points of view and experiences are ultimately represented in the product development process.”

The Who Makes a Honda video series focuses on Honda associates who live out the company’s commitment to The Power of Dreams, a global theme that encourages Honda associates to conceive ideas that will create new value for customers and society and then show the determination required to bring those dreams to life. In addition, the video series spotlights the inspiring efforts of Honda associates in their work and in the community.

The Who Makes a Honda video featuring Lara Harrington can be viewed on Honda’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/3VvaDmGUWnE.

Honda Corporate Social Responsibility
Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future.

Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/

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Honda R&D Americas Earns 2017 Corporate Caring Award

Company wins the highest honor of Benefactor of the Year

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Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) was selected as the Benefactor of the Year at last night’s Columbus Business First 2017 Corporate Caring Award ceremony for its philanthropic efforts with nonprofit organizations in Central Ohio. HRA was selected from among a record 54 finalists for the publication’s highest honor.

COSI (the Center of Science and Industry) nominated HRA based on their partnership that led to the creation of the Meet the Innovators exhibit that debuted in 2016. Teams from COSI, Honda and the PAST Foundation collaborated to create the exhibit that highlights STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) educational opportunities including hands-on activities and video interviews that showcase the research and development taking place at HRA’s Ohio R&D center near Marysville, Ohio.

“This is a proud moment and a great honor for our Honda associates, who are the pillars of our philanthropic endeavors,” said Frank Paluch, president of Honda R&D Americas. “Giving back to the communities where we live and work is an important part of our culture and we value the partnerships we have established with the many great organizations we have worked with throughout the years.”

In addition to COSI, HRA partnered on events with the United Way of Union County, the Union County Community Care Train and the Cory Lunger Foundation in 2016. Volunteers from HRA also contributed their time and monetary donations to the STEAM Mentorship Program, STEAMfest, Ballet Met and the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

“COSI was delighted to nominate Honda R&D Americas for the Corporate Caring Awards,” said Dr. Frederic Bertley, president and CEO of COSI.  “The Meet the Innovators exhibit demonstrates an innovative partnership approach between a science center and a corporation that required a tremendous commitment on the part of Honda R&D Americas’ employees. Honda R&D’s dedication to this exhibit resulted in a fantastic interactive, fun exhibit supporting our mutual interest in strengthening science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education in the Central Ohio community. And moreover, this collaboration drew a tight line and clear connection between how a cultural institution in Columbus, such as COSI, can expose and influence visitors to a leading corporate institution in our very own backyard.  This power of influence for Columbus and connectivity to area residents, especially aspiring kids, cannot be overstated.”

HRA’s community volunteer program allows HRA associates to receive paid time off while volunteering for non-profit organizations. Associates who reach 40 volunteer hours in a year can apply for a “Volunteer Grant” of $200 that is awarded to the non-profit of their choosing. HRA has about 1,600 employees in Central Ohio.

The Corporate Caring Awards Program

From its introduction in 1996, Corporate Caring has evolved into a comprehensive community initiative. The Corporate Caring Awards Program honors for-profit companies for their financial contributions, volunteer service and other contributions to Columbus’ charities and nonprofit organizations.

There are five award categories in which judges choose one small, one medium and one large company. The different categories are: arts, education, environment, health and human services.

The judges also choose a Benefactor of the Year, which is designed to recognize one outstanding corporation for its overall excellence in multiple areas of service.

COSI

COSI, the Center of Science and Industry located in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the most respected science centers in the nation — engaging more than 34 million people through both on-site and off-site programs since 1964. Parents Magazine named COSI the #1 Science Center in the Country. COSI’s programs and world-class experiences inspire an interest in science encouraging people to want to learn more about their world. Read more at cosi.org.

Honda R&D Americas Inc.

HRA was founded in central Ohio in 1984. HRA is responsible for creating advanced products and technologies that provide new value to Honda and Acura customers. HRA has the capability of “complete product creation” – which involves developing all-new products, starting from market and technology research and design styling through engineering design, prototype fabrication and testing, local parts procurement and support for mass production preparation. With major facilities in California, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, HRA is engaged in the development and testing of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power sports and power equipment products, and is also taking a leading role in the advancement of leading-edge safety, driver assistive and environmental technologies.

Honda R&D Americas Earns 2017 Corporate Caring Award

Company wins the highest honor of Benefactor of the Year

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Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) was selected as the Benefactor of the Year at last night’s Columbus Business First 2017 Corporate Caring Award ceremony for its philanthropic efforts with nonprofit organizations in Central Ohio. HRA was selected from among a record 54 finalists for the publication’s highest honor.

COSI (the Center of Science and Industry) nominated HRA based on their partnership that led to the creation of the Meet the Innovators exhibit that debuted in 2016. Teams from COSI, Honda and the PAST Foundation collaborated to create the exhibit that highlights STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) educational opportunities including hands-on activities and video interviews that showcase the research and development taking place at HRA’s Ohio R&D center near Marysville, Ohio.

“This is a proud moment and a great honor for our Honda associates, who are the pillars of our philanthropic endeavors,” said Frank Paluch, president of Honda R&D Americas. “Giving back to the communities where we live and work is an important part of our culture and we value the partnerships we have established with the many great organizations we have worked with throughout the years.”

In addition to COSI, HRA partnered on events with the United Way of Union County, the Union County Community Care Train and the Cory Lunger Foundation in 2016. Volunteers from HRA also contributed their time and monetary donations to the STEAM Mentorship Program, STEAMfest, Ballet Met and the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

“COSI was delighted to nominate Honda R&D Americas for the Corporate Caring Awards,” said Dr. Frederic Bertley, president and CEO of COSI.  “The Meet the Innovators exhibit demonstrates an innovative partnership approach between a science center and a corporation that required a tremendous commitment on the part of Honda R&D Americas’ employees. Honda R&D’s dedication to this exhibit resulted in a fantastic interactive, fun exhibit supporting our mutual interest in strengthening science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education in the Central Ohio community. And moreover, this collaboration drew a tight line and clear connection between how a cultural institution in Columbus, such as COSI, can expose and influence visitors to a leading corporate institution in our very own backyard.  This power of influence for Columbus and connectivity to area residents, especially aspiring kids, cannot be overstated.”

HRA’s community volunteer program allows HRA associates to receive paid time off while volunteering for non-profit organizations. Associates who reach 40 volunteer hours in a year can apply for a “Volunteer Grant” of $200 that is awarded to the non-profit of their choosing. HRA has about 1,600 employees in Central Ohio.

The Corporate Caring Awards Program

From its introduction in 1996, Corporate Caring has evolved into a comprehensive community initiative. The Corporate Caring Awards Program honors for-profit companies for their financial contributions, volunteer service and other contributions to Columbus’ charities and nonprofit organizations.

There are five award categories in which judges choose one small, one medium and one large company. The different categories are: arts, education, environment, health and human services.

The judges also choose a Benefactor of the Year, which is designed to recognize one outstanding corporation for its overall excellence in multiple areas of service.

COSI

COSI, the Center of Science and Industry located in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the most respected science centers in the nation — engaging more than 34 million people through both on-site and off-site programs since 1964. Parents Magazine named COSI the #1 Science Center in the Country. COSI’s programs and world-class experiences inspire an interest in science encouraging people to want to learn more about their world. Read more at cosi.org.

Honda R&D Americas Inc.

HRA was founded in central Ohio in 1984. HRA is responsible for creating advanced products and technologies that provide new value to Honda and Acura customers. HRA has the capability of “complete product creation” – which involves developing all-new products, starting from market and technology research and design styling through engineering design, prototype fabrication and testing, local parts procurement and support for mass production preparation. With major facilities in California, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, HRA is engaged in the development and testing of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power sports and power equipment products, and is also taking a leading role in the advancement of leading-edge safety, driver assistive and environmental technologies.

Honda Opens New Silicon Valley Facility to Advance Connected Mobility

  • Company leadership affirms commitment to open innovation and collaboration
  • Most technologically advanced Accord in history unveiled at Silicon Valley event, demonstrating Honda’s first application of Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto
  • New Xcelerator initiative provides technology innovatorswith resources for rapid prototyping and commercialization
  • UNI-CUB API allows developers to explore new applications for advanced personal mobility device

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Honda today marked the opening of its new Silicon Valley R&D facility, using the occasion to unveil a refreshed 2016 Accord featuring Honda’s first application of Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto. Honda also announced a new open innovation R&D initiative, Honda Xcelerator, which will provide resources to breakthrough technology innovators to help rapidly develop prototypes with the potential to transform the automotive experience.

Honda’s Silicon Valley operation, which was first established in 2000, is charged with researching and prototyping game-changing innovations and harnessing new ideas and technology. Current areas of focus include connected mobility, novel human-machine interfaces, supporting app developers through initiatives like Honda Developer Studio and computer science research for vehicle intelligence. Silicon Valley engineers also spearhead the company’s working relationship with Silicon Valley-based technology companies.

“As an industry, we are on the verge of some major transformational changes brought on by the convergence of what have been, to this point, largely disparate technology disciplines,” said Honda R&D Americas President, Frank Paluch. “Honda will embrace and help lead this convergence. Our operations in Silicon Valley are a testimony to our focus on this new direction in our product and technology development efforts.”

Updated 2016 Accord, Loaded with Technology
Leveraging technology created in Silicon Valley, the 2016 Accord will be the first Honda model and among the first high-volume cars in the marketplace to feature both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, among major upgrades that will make the 2016 Accord the most high-tech Accord in history. For model year 2016, the reigning best-selling car in California also will receive Honda Sensing™, the comprehensive suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies that helps reduce driver workload and avoid or mitigate the severity of a vehicle collision. Honda Sensing also serves as both a technological and perceptual bridge to the highly automated cars of the future. Honda is the first major automaker to publicly reveal a high-volume model in Silicon Valley.

Honda Xcelerator – Resources for Breakthrough Technology Innovators
Honda’s Silicon Valley unit will spearhead a new initiative – Honda Xcelerator –designed to engage innovators and help them more rapidly commercialize breakthrough technologies. The program provides funding for proof-of-concept prototyping and the opportunity to work directly alongside Honda engineers in Silicon Valley in a collaborative workspace, as well as pairing with Honda mentors. Innovators will also have the opportunity to pitch their technologies to Honda business units globally once their prototypes are developed. Interested innovators should visit the new Honda Xcelerator website at xcelerator.hondasvl.com to learn more.

UNI-CUB Application Program Interface (API) launched in Honda Developer Studio
Expanding the open innovation theme, Honda announced the upcoming release of a remote API for the Honda UNI-CUB, a unique personal mobility device that features Honda’s original balance control technology and an omni-directional driving wheel system. Beginning in the fall, this new remote API will allow developers to control UNI-CUB from external devices and develop new use cases for UNI-CUB. The UNI-CUB API will be released by the Honda Developer Studio.

Advanced Technology Demos Showcase Honda Dreams & Concepts
Today, Honda demonstrated several advanced technologies under three distinct themes: Future Technology, Open Innovation and Honda Dreams.

  • The Future Technology section included a demonstration of the ability for sensor fusion technology – the combination of disparate sensor data – to accurately detect and predict bicyclist and pedestrian movement from a significant distance.
  • The Open Innovation section included a novel demonstration of rear seat entertainment in a virtual reality world. The demo uses a virtual reality headset to transport passengers into a virtual world featuring Honda products on the land, sea and air. As the test vehicle moves, the passenger synchronously glides through the virtual environment.
  • In the Honda Dreams section, several units of the Honda UNI-CUB were on-hand for guests to test.

About Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) is responsible for creating advanced products and technologies that provide new value to Honda and Acura customers. HRA has the capability of “complete product creation” – developing all-new products, starting from market and technology research and design styling through engineering design, prototype fabrication and testing, local parts procurement, and support for mass production preparation. With major facilities in California, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, HRA is engaged in the development and testing of Honda and Acura automobiles, and Honda power sports and power equipment products, and is also taking a leading role in the advancement of leading-edge safety, driver assistive and environmental technologies.