Enough about cars and events; let’s take a look at robotics. More specifically, let’s look at the history of ASIMO, Honda’s operational humanoid robot.
In 1986, Honda took up a new challenge: create a two-legged, walking robot. The first three models were engineered to walk like a human. The next three dealt with stabilization and stair climbing. The first humanoid, the P1, stood 6’ 2” tall and weighed over 350 pounds. The next model, the P2, improved walking, climbing, descending, and wireless automatic movement. The final model, the P3, stands at 5’ 2” and weighs 287 pounds.
Today, ASIMO can run and walk on uneven ground, turn without error, climb stairs, grab objects, and respond to simple commands. Other abilities and miracles of engineering are facial recognition for a small group of people, mapping its environment via camera eyes, and avoiding moving obstacles as it walks.
The future of ASIMO looks bright as it tours the world to inspire young students. Someday ASIMO may serve as a set of eyes, ears, arms, or legs for those who can’t use their own. It may also fight fires and clean up toxic spills. ASIMO has come a long way in the past few decades; we at Avery Greene Honda don’t think that’s surprising, though—it is Honda’s handiwork after all.