When Soichiro Honda set out to revolutionize the automotive industry, he built his company on a foundation of--supposedly--impossible dreams. His forward-thinking attitude led his company to grow and become a leader in the automotive industry. Honda's vision is to be at the forefront of innovation--to develop leading-edge technologies for motorcycles, automobiles, robotics, and aviation. Through the power of dreams, Honda strives to create products of the highest quality and at an affordable price.
Walk Assist: The next step in human mobility
Fueled by passion and a desire to improve human mobility, Honda developed the Walk Assist Devices: Stride Management and Body Weight Support Assist. These devices were designed to help people regain their freedom of motion. The Stride Management Assist device, for instance, helps a person who can still walk but with weakened muscles. It helps them regulate their pace and lengthens their stride. The Body Weight Support Assist device, for its part, helps support a portion of a person's body weight to reduce the load on the muscles and joints. This device lessens physical exertion and reduces physical fatigue. Honda strives to develop innovative technology to go far beyond its status as a leading automobile manufacturer.
ASIMO: The future of humanoid robots
Empowered by pursuing the impossible and years of research in many scientific fields, Honda developed ASIMO, a sophisticated humanoid robot. ASIMO was created to make people's lives easier, and it evolved from being an "automatic machine" to an"autonomous machine". Using the latest technology in intelligence capacity, task-performing, and physical abilities, ASIMO can now be programmed to do many things such as recognize a face and voice simultaneously, change its behavior while interacting with people, and avoid collision by predicting a person's walking direction within a few seconds. Perhaps most impressive of all, ASIMO was also designed with a compact, sensitive, and functional multi-fingered hand so it can twist off a glass bottle's cap with close to the same precision of a human hand. Ultimately, Honda hopes that ASIMO will be able to help people who are lacking in mobility.
FCX Clarity: Harnessing the power of the fuel cell
Driven by the spirit to revolutionize technology and pursue clean energy sources, Honda developed the FCX Clarity, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. The engineers at Honda designed a car that was easy to refuel, operable in freezing weather conditions, comfortable, sporty, and fun to drive. The heart of the FCX Clarity is its V-Flow Fuel cell stack, which combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity to power the car. It's certainly very green--with the only byproducts of its energy-producing process being heat and water vapor. The FCX has a new compact and high-output electric motor that is quieter, faster, and more efficient. Clearly, Honda found creative solutions to give the next generation a cleaner environment to enjoy.
Honda wants everyone's dream to be a reality. Through its desire to serve humanity, it will continue to develop technologies that will benefit the future of mankind.