In 2019, Honda plans to unveil a prototype of an unmanned electric vehicle Urban EV with an integrated assistant that can make money on its own by providing taxi services in its free time..
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It is known that the Honda Urban EV will be a compact urban electric vehicle with a unique design. Externally, it is similar to the first generation Civic, but with many innovative solutions. There will be a digital notice board on the front grille, and hidden cameras on the sides that feed video to internal screens.
The Honda Urban EV will be equipped with a Hana automated self-driving system that is capable of learning. The process will begin as soon as she sees the owner for the first time using the internal camera and sensors. She learns the main routes, directions, stops, habits, travel times and so on. The system will be able to determine the driving level from your driving license. With enough data, Hana will know what music to play based on the driver’s mood, plan a route based on a calendar and personal timetable, and be able to take full control..
The developers also plan to help owners make money with Urban EV. In free time, such as when the driver is at work, the system can be allowed to act like an unmanned taxi. At the same time, the car will save energy, charge and arrive at the right time to pick up the owner. This will require adjustments to the legislative framework, but this is quite possible and will soon cease to be a fantasy..
The company has Rolls-Royce has other plans. She will create tiny beetle robots to repair planes.
text: Ivan Malichenko, photo: Top Gear, video: Hirudov