Honda Riding Assist motorbike
While self-balancing bikes aren't an entirely new idea, Honda's new Riding Assist concept (above) doesn't use large gyroscopes, which it says add too much weight and impact upon the riding experience.
Instead, the Riding Assist motorbike utilises weight sensing and balancing technology derived from the Uni-Cub personal mobility device (below). At its CES keynote, the Riding Assist bike was remotely steered onto the stage without a rider on board.
Designed to significantly reduce the chance of the bike falling over when being steered at low speeds, the system is said to make riding in stop-start traffic significantly less taxing.
Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem
The automaker is also keen to foster innovation via its Silicon Valley lab, and its Xcelerator incubator for startup firms.
One such partnership involves VocalZoom, a company that's aiming to improve the accuracy of in-car voice recognition systems. Instead of just relying on audio, VocalZoom uses an optical sensor to "read" facial skin vibrations, which helps it to isolate what the user is saying from background noise and conversations.
Another Xcelerator partner is LEIA, which is developing a new type of driver's display with 3D imagery that can be used to display warnings, driver assist data, navigation updates and traffic information.
Also on display at Honda's CES stand is a proof-of-concept from Visa that allows for in-car payment of petrol station and car park bills, and in-car virtual reality and augmented reality concepts from DreamWorks.