CES 2017: Honda Unveils First Electric Ride-sharing Concept car!
Honda may be the first major automaker to show a concept vehicle designed for the ride-sharing market. The NeuV, which was announced Thursday at CES, is an acronym for the New Electric Urban Vehicle. NeuV [noo-vee] is based on the premise that self-driving, electric cars can be put to work rather than sitting idle nearly all the time.
Honda says the two-seat vehicle could be programmed to pick up and drop off passengers when its owner isn’t using it. Mike Tsay, principal designer,said in a statement “We designed NeuV to become more valuable to the owner by optimizing and monetizing the vehicle’s down time".
The model has also a number of interactive features and services. The NeuV uses an automated personal assistant. It studies driver’s reactions and patterns using AI technology developed with SoftBank, and makes recommendations on music and tips on daily driving habits.
Honda is joining in an industry trend: automakers are spending R&D money focusing on what your car can do for you, beyond what improves your driving experience in the car. Working with Visa, Honda showed a demo for parking and refueling payments that can be made from inside the car.
Honda joins Ford, Audi, and BMW as automakers that have chosen CES to show off their latest development strategies ahead of the North American International Auto Show. It's seems that the Japanese company has always the habit of pretending the future and no one can deny that Honda already made it each time!