Honda NeuV: Electric “Mini-Vehicle” Concept With Artificial Intelligence

3 months ago by Mark Kane 15

Honda NeuV debuts live at CES (via Jukka K/PlugInConnect)

Honda NeuV debuts live at CES (via Jukka K/PlugInConnect)

Honda unveiled from the 2017 CES electronics show, an all-electric concept car, the NeuV (or New Electric Urban Vehicle).

It’s a small 2+ cargo (or 2+2) city car with a 20 kWh battery for 100-200 miles range (and yes, that is quite a spread) and a 55 kW electric motor.

But the most important part of the concept in this case really isn’t the electrification, but rather its autonomous driving capability, both with a car-sharing option or the possibility to generate revenues by selling energy back to the electric grid, making use of the (on average) 96% idle time of typical private car.

Charging could be done automatically using 6.6 kW wireless system.

Honda NeuV

Designed to create new possibilities for customers, the NeuV (pronounced “new-v”), which stands for New Electric Urban Vehicle, is a concept vehicle whose genesis is based on the fact that privately-owned vehicles sit idle 96 percent of the time.

Honda NeuV

Honda NeuV

The NeuV explores the idea of how to create new value for its owner by functioning as an automated ride sharing vehicle, picking up and dropping off customers at local destinations when the owner is not using the car. The NeuV also can sell energy back to the electric grid during times of high demand when it’s not in use. These activities have the potential to create a new business model for enterprising customers.

“We designed NeuV to become more valuable to the owner by optimizing and monetizing the vehicle’s down time,” said Mike Tsay, principal designer, Honda R&D Americas.

Honda NeuV

Honda NeuV

NeuV also functions as a thoughtful and helpful AI assistant utilizing an “emotion engine”, an emerging technology developed by Honda and SoftBank (cocoro SB Corp.). Called HANA (Honda Automated Network Assistant), in its application in the NeuV, the “emotion engine” will learn from the driver by detecting the emotions behind the driver’s judgments and then, based on the driver’s past decisions, make new choices and recommendations. HANA can check on the driver’s emotional well-being, make music recommendations based on mood, and support the owner’s daily driving routine.

The NeuV features a full touch panel interface enabling both the driver and passenger to access a simple and convenient user experience.  The vehicle has two seats, a storage area in back, and an electric skateboard for “last mile” transit. The NeuV also features outstanding outward visibility via a headerless windshield and a dramatically sloping belt line that make maneuvering easy.

Honda NeuV

Honda NeuV

Honda NeuV

Honda NeuV

Bonus:

Honda Riding Assist (ICE)
In a global debut at CES, Honda unveiled its Riding Assist technology, which leverages Honda’s robotics technology to create a self-balancing motorcycle that greatly reduces the possibility of falling over while the motorcycle is at rest.

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17 responses to "Honda NeuV: Electric “Mini-Vehicle” Concept With Artificial Intelligence"

  1. Nix says:

    The Honda ride assist for their motorcycle is cool.

    I could have used the ride assist the time I put a foot down on a patch of oil on the asphalt, and had my foot slide straight out from under me. Zero mile an hour drop onto a curb, $2200 dollars in damage. Ugh.

    It will be an even better feature once they put it into an electric motorcycle…

  2. speculawyer says:

    Hahahaha.

  3. Damocles Axe says:

    This ‘concept car’ has no relevance to any car on the road today. I seriously doubt it would pass ANY crash test.

    Honda seems to be completely ignoring practical electric vehicles.

    1. wavelet says:

      Huh? It looks exactly like the Smart ED, and countless other small-company efforts, that are all pretty similar expensive except for costing far too much for what they provide.

      The thing is, autonomy aside, there’s nothing new here and so a concept is a waste of engineering effort — either make a reasonably-priced (unlike Smart, which isn’t and has never sold well) full-on production car if Honda thinks the market is there, or ignore it.

  4. Doggydogworld says:

    Why do you need a last mile skateboard if it’s autonomous??? Just have it drop you off at the front door and go park itself.

    1. Terawatt says:

      Last mile is maybe too far, but many people need to walk five to ten minutes even after they’ve entered the building before they are at their desk..!

    2. GVLK BRAZIL says:

      Some office buildings are located at “pedestrians only” zones. Automated cars will be of no help in these places.

    3. JIMJFOX says:

      Anything to do with dying battery, get home despite having run out of charge? Probably not.

  5. krona2k says:

    Honda, please, just stop. You’re making yourself look silly now.

    I swear they’re doing this just to perpetuate the idea of silly toy electric cars.

    1. SJC says:

      Bring back the Fit EV which was only sold for a year or two, give it some range at a good price.

  6. William says:

    That photo with the head lights on and with the dark shadows on ceiling, kind of looks like Bender, the fictional robot character from the animated show Futurama. I think Bender, also known as “Bender Bending Rodriquez”, would disown this futile attempt at an EV vehicle in any and all Future Honda InCARnations!

  7. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “The NeuV explores the idea of how to create new value for its owner by functioning as an automated ride sharing vehicle… when the owner is not using the car. The NeuV also can sell energy back to the electric grid during times of high demand when it’s not in use. These activities have the potential to create a new business model for enterprising customers.”

    I’d love to see a cost breakdown of how much revenue is expected to be generated by such usage vs. how quickly this will wear out the entire car… and especially the battery pack. If you have to buy a new battery pack in a year after you bought the car, and a new car after two years, then have you actually saved any money?

    Consumer grade passenger cars are expected to be used 5-10% of the hours in a day. If this ride-sharing thing really takes off, the car could be used more than 50% of the time. If, say, it’s used 70% of the time, then that means the car is being worn out 7x as fast as it would in ordinary usage. At that rate, the average person would expect the car will need replacing in less than two years. Some people think BEVs will last longer than gasmobiles, and if that’s so, then it will at least need battery pack replacements, probably more often than once every two years.

  8. Anon says:

    Honda Twizy.

  9. JIMJFOX says:

    Such negativity! Kudos to any & all ideas- many won’t make it to market but just ONE revolutionary success could change the world.

    Most of the micro-cars in production are lampooned but what do cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai etc. need? Smog abatement, that’s what. Combined with miniature cars that use far less road-space and parking needs, that’s what.

    Trouble is that if all vehicles are judged by American expectations then new EV’s would be electric versions of the bloated ICE monsters currently in vogue, no?

    1. speculawyer says:

      Then why reveal at CES?

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