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Recently AutoGuide had the chance to visit the Honda Collection Hall at the company’s Motegi race track facility. The museum holds more than just motorcycles and cars, however, with an entire section dedicate to the brand’s humanoid robot.
Honda’s latest updates to the robot include autonomous movement as well as fully functioning hands, but it wasn’t always that way, with ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative MObility) starting life as the Eo. That robot was simply a pair of legs, which first took steps in 1986.
This E-Series of robots then became the P-Series, with some particularly frightening examples below. Perhaps the most alarming (and one that would make us pass on the job of night security at the Honda Collection Hall) is the massive 6’3″ box-headed machine, which tips the scales at 386 lbs. It absolutely dwarfs the current model at 4’3″ and just 119 lbs.
Browse through the gallery of ASIMO development below and be sure to check out our Honda Collection Hall gallery of cars here.
GALLERY: ASIMO Development
It’s every Honda fanboy’s dream and last week during a technical seminar and product presentation we were treated to a look inside the Honda Museum. Located at the Twin Ring Motegi race track, the Honda Collection Hall is an historical walk-through of the automaker’s street and race cars, as well as its even longer history of building motorcycles – unfortunately we simply didn’t have enough time to photograph the motorcycle halls.
We spied everything from the first four-wheel Honda (the T360 mini pickup truck), to the S600 (the original Honda sports car), to the first CRX and Integra, not to mention an NSX R. There’s also quite the collection of Honda race cars, from Formula 1 and IndyCar to classic road racers and a SuperGT NSX.
In addition, the Honda collection Houses a number of Honda’s other areas of expertise, from snowmobiles and power equipment to a history of the Asimo robot. Look for another post detailing the photographic history of Asimo soon.