AI Robots, Intercity Electric Flight & Lunar Technology in Honda’s 2030 To-do List
In September, Honda unveiled its plans for the following decade. It stated that it would emphasize environmental stewardship by researching ways to lower carbon footprints through electric flights. It also aims to extend its work in robots and aviation, ushering in a new era of space travel by expediting trips to the Moon.
As part of 2030 Vision, Honda plans for three main new projects, namely a Honda Avatar Robot, a Honda eVTOL aircraft, and reusable rockets. It has also incorporated all conceivable methods for developing additional space-related technology.
Speaking on the project, Keiji Ohtsu, president of Honda R&D, bragged that all the projects revealed were new challenges for Honda but that their primary objective, as always, will be to make people’s lives simpler via Honda’s technology. He also stated that from Honda’s inception, its main goal has been to improve the public’s value of mobility and create beneficial improvements to society with its employees who develop innovative ideas and technology.
Hondo’s research department has always worked to develop novel concepts and technology that would benefit the earth and its inhabitants by lowering carbon footprints and decreasing traffic accidents.
The Honda eVTOL is an electric plane that can take off and land vertically. To promote electric intercity transportation, it employs Honda’s electrification technology for its gas turbine hybrid power unit.
Apart from electrification, these eVTOL aircraft provide clean operation with zero carbon emissions and great safety characteristics comparable to commercial passenger planes due to their simple structure. It is relatively quiet due to the modest diameter of the rotors and the dispersed propulsive system. These characteristics of eVTOL aircraft propel it forward in the development race. However, because of its small battery capacity, it is not appropriate for extended journeys. It is, nevertheless, best suited for intra-city transit.
Honda Avatar Robot
Honda is continuing to develop the Avatar Robot and its bipedal robot, the ASIMO, as part of its robotics research. It expects the robots to be in actual use by the 2030s and to undergo a testing demo by March 31st, 2024. According to their vision of these robots, the robot is designed to be a second half of the user, executing activities on the user’s behalf. Most Honda robots have multi-fingered hands and can pick up little things. It is also incorporating a remote control capability to help AI robots.
As human activity in outer space missions has expanded, so has the demand for space technologies. The company is already researching space technologies, particularly its circulatory renewable energy system on the lunar surface. It has also been working on building robots that can work on the lunar surface.
Honda has collaborated with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to create a circulative renewable energy system on the lunar surface using fuel cell technologies and high differential pressure water electrolysis technologies that Honda has accumulated so far. Honda would combine these technologies if water became available on the lunar surface to build a device that electrically decomposes water and stores hydrogen and oxygen. Furthermore, using Honda’s fuel cell technologies could utilize this hydrogen and oxygen to create and deliver electricity.
To address the need for rockets for satellite launches, the business is also developing tiny reusable rockets for usage on the moon and for satellites. Honda will leverage its fundamental technologies, which it has mastered to date, to carry out these new efforts. Technologies in the fields of combustion electrification control and robotics will be among those included.
Honda is looking forward to fully using its technical assets to achieve the satisfaction of improving people’s living potential in new areas in addition to existing business fields. As a result, it appears that Honda has planned very efficient technological obligations for the following decade. Let us wait and see how Honda unwraps these endeavours one at a time.