01.Mar.2017 | ID: 104510

Honda announces new R&D centre to progress the commercialisation of artificial intelligence systems


  • New ‘R&D Centre X’ will innovate in robotics, mobility systems and energy management
  • Ultimate goal of creating ‘Cooperative Intelligence’ systems that experience, empathise and empower
  • First application of artificial intelligence technology in Honda’s NeuV electric car concept


Honda has announced the establishment of a new research and development unit with responsibility for commercialising ‘new value’ areas that include robotics, artificial intelligence, connected mobility systems and energy management. Named ‘R&D Centre X’, the unit will have a particular focus on the in developing new products driven by the convergence of these areas.


R&D Centre X will harness Honda’s expertise in manufacturing inherently reliable hardware and its passion for helping people to realise their hopes and dreams. The remit of the new unit is distinct from Honda’s existing R&D operations that focus on specific business areas such as automobiles, motorcycles, power products and aircraft engines.


Central to the development of innovations in the fields of robotics and advanced mobility is the goal of creating systems with ‘Cooperative Intelligence’ – artificial intelligence that can relate to and work cooperatively with people. Honda envisages a ‘truly human-centred intelligent robotics society’ in which robotics can empower, gain experience from, and empathise with human beings.


Since its foundation, Honda has strived to evolve mobility and improve the daily lives of people all around the world with its products, including motorcycles, automobiles and power products. In the course of its mission, Honda has realised the expanding possibility to create new value from rapidly-advancing digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and ‘big data’.


Responding to such changes, Honda will empower R&D Centre X to combine its core strengths with the latest advancements in data and artificial intelligence to continue to create products and experiences that can improve the quality of people’s lives.


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