Honda announced a new big strategy on Thursday to go beyond the automotive industry and into other areas. The firm announced plans for its first electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, new robotic advances, and even plans to provide a durable moon life to the moon. Yes, we're talking about the same firm that is well-known for its efforts in the development of the Civic, Accord, and CR-V systems.
Let's break it all down, starting with the eVTOL, the closest thing to a car in this announcement. Honda recognizes there's a growing desire for this type of transportation and anticipates that the industry will (wait for it...) take off in the next decade. It also noted that rivals bank on entirely electric machines that are restricted by their range, however. Honda intends to develop its own eVTOL with a gas turbine hybrid unit to combat this. Honda claims that its own helicopter-like weapon could transport people between cities, not just about a town, without range restrictions. It'll take a new ecosystem to invest in, which the firm said it wants to use, but it's also aiming to leverage many of the technologies it has already developed, particularly for the eVTOL itself.
Honda is well known for Asimo, the cute robot helper that's been in popularity for years, but the next step is "avatars." These are robots that take the place of you and I. Essentially, a person might perform tampering tasks without being physically present, but rather while controlling their avatar, which is really frightening. Honda specifically called it a "second-self," which was called "short-liver. The firm revealed a proof-of-concept in the form of octane fingers, demonstrating its effectiveness. While a human provides input in merely obstructing spheres, the robotic hand executes the moves. Right now, this includes grabbing an object, manipulating a tool with the proper amount of force, and artificial intelligence to handle the remote tasks. The possibilities for the technology are endless, and Honda wants to show off its technology in more detail come 2024. It wants to incorporate it into practice in the 2030s.
We arrive at moon colonization if none of that is outrageous enough for the carmaker. Honda doesn't want to stake out its own moon territory, but it also wants to assist in the future of life there. The two want to build a "circulative renewable energy system on the lunar surface," thanks to obstructing JAXA's new partnership with Japan'' s NASA equivalent. This is all dependent on the likelihood of water reaching the moon's surface, but Honda intends to employ its fuel-cell technologies to produce lots of excellent things. The water is decomposed by a system that uses high-pressure water electrolysis technologies to create both hydrogen and oxygen. In Honda's view, the oxygen supplies living rooms with air for lunar colonists, while the hydrogen fuels rockets. Those rockets are, in the meanwhile, part of Honda's vision for reusable devices. Right now, the goal is to produce small rockets to help launch low-earth orbit satellites. They may in the future play a role in space travel.
Got all of that? In one day, Honda expects a lot from it, but the automaker promised that these initiatives will run alongside its basic business: in case you forgot, it's the business of building and selling automobiles. We're basically in for a wild decade from Honda. If the firm has a way, perhaps the Japanese automaker may help people survive on the moon one day.
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