It wouldn’t be a Tokyo Motor Show without a few bizarre unveilings and Honda has more than a few waiting in the wings year.
Part of Tokyo Connected Lab 2017, the show’s theme exhibit, this automaker is revealing its vision of future transportation with four unique mobility concepts, all of which are making their global debuts.
Up first, the Honda IeMobi Concept, which aims to connect the home and car in unforeseen ways. Essentially a box on wheels, this vehicle has an airy cabin and flexible seating. With trim dimensions and friendly sightlines, it would probably be supremely useful in tight urban areas.
But the biggest trick up the IeMobi Concept’s sleeve is that when it’s parked it can become an extension of the home, an extra room with around five-square meters of space. Accordingly, it could serve as a storage pantry, a place to entertain guests or just a spot to relax after a long day at the office.
This concept suggests that in the future cars and homes could merge into one thing. Too bad this has already been done; apparently, no one at Honda has ever tried living in a van (down by the river!).
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Essentially an electric wheelchair for two, the Honda FureMobi is designed to make it easier for disabled individuals to get around, but it also allows them to bring company. In addition to a cushy front seat, there’s a smaller platform immediately behind, providing a space for someone else to stand. If the IeMobi connects the home and car, this concept connects people.
Continuing this theme, the ChairMobi concept makes getting around as easy as walking. Compact in size and incredibly maneuverable, this vehicle can easily roll along in crowds of pedestrians. It’s also stable on slopes and features an adjustable cushion that can easily move a rider from chair height to eye-level.
And then there’s the Ai-Miimo Concept, which looks like a small, friendly robot. Based on Honda’s autonomous electric lawnmower, the Miimo, this vehicle “…goes beyond a convenient tool to become a partner, like a pet or family member, bringing richness and a smile to everyday living.” We’re not exactly what you’d use this thing for, but it sure looks futuristic.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning the RoboCas Concept, which will be featured at the Honda booth proper. With a reconfigurable carrying space, this vehicle appears to be something of a self-driving shopping cart or wheelbarrow. It can carry things, people or perhaps even serve as an outdoor food cart. Honda’s autonomous mobility technology allows the RoboCas to follow people, very dog-like behavior.
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