Honda Debuts New ASIMO
Honda Motor Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, has a new ASIMO humanoid
robot which features the ability to pursue key tasks in a
real-life environment such as an office and an advanced level
of physical capabilities.
The new ASIMO achieves the enhanced ability to act in sync
with people for example, walking with a person while
holding hands. A new function to carry objects using a cart
was also added. The development of a total control system
enables ASIMO to automatically perform the tasks of a receptionist
or information guide and carry out delivery service. In addition,
ASIMO is now capable of running at a speed of 6kmh and of
running in a circular pattern.
Honda has been pursuing research and development of a useful
humanoid robot which possesses both intelligence and physical
capabilities at a high level. With ASIMO, the initial goal
of achieving advanced physical capabilities is accomplished.
The company will proactively pursue R&D efforts by shifting
the focus to the area of intelligence capabilities, which
will further enable ASIMO to make comprehensive judgments
based on various situations.
Honda will begin operating ASIMO this spring, at the office
in Honda Wako Building. The unit will also gradually be made
available for leasing.
Various technological achievements obtained through the research
and development of ASIMO, including posture control technologies,
image and voice recognition technologies, and technologies
to anticipate and avoid collisions, will be applied to other
technological pursuits within Honda, such as automotive safety