Innovations in Mobility
Honda is challenging itself to create advanced technologies that enhance human mobility and bring new value to the lives of people. This involves extensive R&D focused not only on improving existing product lines, but also exploring new areas of mobility.
Honda has independently developed the HondaJet, an advanced light jet with a revolutionary design that is setting new standards for performance, quality and comfort in the light jet class of aircraft. Honda Aircraft Company began sales of HondaJet in October 2006 and is targeting the start of customer deliveries in late 2012. Further development, testing and production of the HondaJet will take place at a new 500,000-square-foot headquarters, R&D, and production facility in Greensboro, NC. The company has also formed a joint venture with General Electric Co., GE-Honda Aero, Inc., to bring the GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engine to market, with production to take place at a new Honda manufacturing facility in Burlington, NC.
Honda engineers created ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative MObility) to someday help people with limited mobility. More than nine years after its initial introduction, ASIMO remains the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, with the ability to run, walk forward and backward, climb stairs, turn smoothly without pausing, and maintain balance. The latest version of ASIMO incorporates a series of major advancements including the ability to run at speeds of nearly 4 mph, avoid oncoming people’s movements, share tasks with other ASIMO robots, and automatically charge its battery.
Honda has also developed other prototype products from its research into human walking and robotics, including the Stride Management Assist and Bodyweight Support Assist walking devices and the one-wheeled U3-X compact personal mobility device — all designed to support the advancement of human mobility through technological innovation.
Creating New Value for Customers . . . and Society
From Honda’s earliest days, the willingness to pursue new dreams for the customer has been at the core of the company’s success. Honda expresses this as “The Power of Dreams.” The key is that “power” comes not only from new ideas but from the determination of Honda associates to make these ideas come true for the customer.
By creating new value — and by focusing on local manufacturing and product development, an environmental commitment and advancing safety — Honda hopes to gain recognition throughout the world as a company that society wants to exist.