This week it’s Japan & the U.K. agreeing to do even more military stuff together, further discussion on the revealed-to-the-world-via-mobile-video issue of corporal punishment in Japan, and an inexplicable announcement from Honda about the sound of its new racecar engine.
Honda bills ASIMO as the world's most advanced humanoid robot, and taken as a whole, it’s probably accurate to say. But an American robot is catching up, and unless Honda’s got some new tricks (ASIMO X?), ATLAS is going to shove ASIMO aside and take his cookies.
This week it’s automobile autopilot by Toyota, which means it’s a shame that Japan’s so small, i.e., road trip options are limited, and then it’s Honda, an early hybrid pioneer who’s fallen by the eco-friendly wayside.
In its 18 public months, Honda’s semi-robotic UNI-CUB personal mobility device hasn’t seen a lot of the spotlight, but that might be changing; last week, here in Tokyo, we managed to capture some raw footage of a UNI-CUB test ride, smartphone control, and a rolling departure (VIDEO).
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced plans that it will build a new test course and mega solar system in the city of Sakura in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.
Originally planned in 2007, but postponed due to the economic slowdown, Honda's new test course will be approximately 25 hectares in size and will be utilized for the development of advanced safety technologies. The original plan was for a large-scale, high-speed 4km circuit, but the company decided to modify the purpose and scale of the project.
What can you do with a small yet really powerful engine, a new riding lawnmower, a healthy marketing budget, and a professional race driver with some free time? You can cut the grass really, really quickly. Oh, and severely injure or kill yourself if you’re not careful.