Manufacturers are always trying to push the boundaries of what is currently possible or at least trying to show what the future is holding for us. Autonomous driving is currently the technology closely watched by most manufacturers, especially since we are so close to it. However, autonomous driving is not the final frontier. Currently manufacturers are trying to experiment with AI-based autonomous driving, one of them being Honda. Not that long ago they revealed the 2017 Honda NeuV concept which is an emotion-based autonomous vehicle. The car boasts an artificial intelligence unit and it will be able to take decisions based on the driver’s behavior and use patterns. This should mean that the car will be able to generate revenue, take the control or even show up on time when needed which would make it a motorized assistant.
This type of concept is not new but manufacturers are always trying to improve it. An AI would allow the NeuV to be part of a much larger grid of cars. Honda is envisioning a ride sharing system which will allow the car to depart once the driver arrived home.
This ride-sharing service will give the car the possibility to earn money for its driver when parked overnight for example. This system does have its drawbacks such as if the need for a car ride appears then the driver would have to wait for it or for another shared car. However, this would still mean the down-time would be kept to a minimum in which case it would make the car a much better investment than otherwise.
2017 Honda NeuV design – inside and out
There is no question about the fact the 2017 Honda NeuV concept doesn’t look like any other Honda currently on sale. With it the Japanese company decided to start from scratch and give the car a brand new design. Both in the front and at the back the lighting is done via LEDs.
The tail lights wrap around the entire width of the car. With the front, roof, most of the doors and tailgate all being made out of glass, the end result is a rather striking car to look at. The doors swivel on rear mounted hinges and only stick out 20mm, so they should function even in the tightest of spaces. The interior is just as impressive. Here everything is done via a massive landscape LCD touch-screen which offers all the information the passengers need. On top of that, this is connected to the internet so it can provide social networks feeds, the weather and even the latest news.
There is also a steering wheel but this can fold neatly under the screen if the driver desires to just scroll through the news. Even though it only sports two seats, the 2017 Honda NeuV has plenty of space for the two passengers as well as plenty of trunk space. A four seats model might also be possible with this type of modular design without too many issues.
Under the skin
This is an all electric autonomous car but Honda didn’t reveal much information about its possible powertrain. Despite that it is safe to assume the car is likely a low-power city car, especially when considering its design. The most impressive feature remains the HANA “emotion engine”. This Honda Automated Network Assistant will basically watch the driver’s actions and it will react accordingly.
With it Honda should be able to minimize driving risks as well as give the driver considerably more power than ever before without adding any extra risks. This system is also the one able to drive the car autonomously and make recommendations based on past experiences, so it seems to have what it takes to become the driver’s smart assistant in the future.