Honda’s Silicon Valley Facility for Advance Connected Mobility

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Along with yesterday’s 2016 Accord refresh release, Honda also revealed a little about their new Silicon Valley Facility for Advance Connected Mobility.

    Honda today marked the opening of its new Silicon Valley R&D facility while announcing a new open innovation R&D initiative, Honda Xcelerator providing resources to help rapidly develop prototypes with the potential to transform the automotive experience.

    Honda's Silicon Valley operation was established in 2000 to research and prototyping new innovations and technology. Current areas of focus include connected mobility, novel human-machine interfaces, supporting app developers through Honda Developer Studio and computer science research for vehicle intelligence. Silicon Valley engineers also spearhead the company's working relationship with Silicon Valley-based technology companies.


    Honda's Silicon Valley unit will spearhead a new initiative – Honda Xcelerator – to engage innovators and help them more rapidly commercialize new technologies. The program provides funding for proof-of-concept prototyping and the opportunity to work directly alongside Honda engineers in Silicon Valley in a collaborative workspace, as well as pairing with Honda mentors. Innovators will also have the opportunity to pitch their technologies to Honda business units globally once their prototypes are developed.

    The open innovation theme includes an upcoming release of a remote API for the Honda UNI-CUB that features Honda's original balance control technology and an omni-directional driving wheel system. Beginning in the fall, this new remote API will allow developers to control UNI-CUB from external devices and develop new use cases for UNI-CUB.

    The Future Technology section included a demonstration of the ability for sensor fusion technology – the combination of disparate sensor data – to accurately detect and predict bicyclist and pedestrian movement from a significant distance.

    The Open Innovation area included a novel demonstration of rear seat entertainment in a virtual reality world. The demo uses a virtual reality headset to transport passengers into a virtual world featuring Honda products on the land, sea and air. As the test vehicle moves, the passenger synchronously glides through the virtual environment.


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