Honda, Softbank collaborating on artificial intelligence

Is Honda Motor Co’s walking robot Asimo marrying Pepper, the chattering robot from Softbank Corp? Automaker Honda Motor Co and Internet company Softbank yesterday said they would work together on artificial intelligence to develop products with sensors and cameras that can converse with drivers. Asimo, first shown in 1996, walks, runs, dances and grips things. Pepper, which went on sale last year, does not have legs, but is programmed to recognize mood swings in people it interacts with. Major automakers and technology companies are interested in robotics to improve driving safety and comfort. However, experts say humans are still better at driving overall than the smartest machine. Honda said it is focusing on artificial-intelligence research with a new laboratory in Tokyo set to open in September. Softbank said its robotics…


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