ASIMO visits Toronto and Gatineau to demonstrate the latest in robotics
TORONTO, May 13 /CNW/ - Honda's ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, has arrived in Canada for
its first visit since 2007. Designed to someday assist people with
mobility challenges, ASIMO is the culmination of more than two decades of research and development by Honda engineers. While in Canada, ASIMO will make two stops in
Toronto and one in Gatineau, where Honda will demonstrate its humanoid
robotics technology to the public.
"Our goal at Honda is to help people move in innovative ways - whether
that's with our cars, motorcycles, our new HondaJet, or as with ASIMO,
to help people with mobility challenges," said Takashi Sekiguchi,
President and CEO of Honda Canada Inc. "ASIMO was, in fact, created to
be a helper to people, and Honda continues to dedicate resources to
robotics research and development. There have been several advances to
the latest generation of ASIMO since we launched the first generation
of ASIMO in 2000, and we're thrilled to bring ASIMO back to show
Canadians what it can do."
The latest generation of ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, stands at 130 centimeters (4 feet, 3 inches) and is lightweight
and compact. It has advanced, flexible walking and running technology;
expansive range of arm movement; simplified operation; and a
To kick off its Canadian tour, ASIMO will return to the Ontario Science Centre, where thousands of visitors last saw the robot in 2003. On May 13,
ASIMO will demonstrate its unique capabilities for hundreds of enthusiastic FIRST Lego League and FIRST Robotics
Canada competitors prior to a specially arranged performance for
students from across Ontario. On Saturday, May 14, ASIMO demonstrations
are open to the public at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Following its stop at the Ontario Science Centre, ASIMO will perform for
Ontario's Minister of Economic Development and Trade, the Honorable
Sandra Pupatello, and the public on Monday, May 16. Along with Honda
Canada executives, ASIMO will help celebrate both 25 years of Honda manufacturing in Canada and the 25th anniversary of Honda's research and development in
"As we reach the milestone of a quarter century of Honda building
vehicles in Ontario, the visit by ASIMO will be the perfect occasion to
celebrate the company's innovation and commitment to the province,"
said Pupatello, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
"We look forward to building on our strong partnership with Honda as
the province works across the industry to strengthen our position as a
North American auto industry leader."
Next, ASIMO will travel to Gatineau, Quebec, to take part in the opening
of the new "JAPAN: Tradition. Innovation" exhibition at the Canadian
Museum of Civilization on Thursday, May 19. The exhibit celebrates
Japanese innovation and explores the historical roots of cutting-edge
Japanese technology and design - roots that Honda shares as a proud
Canadian company with Japanese ancestry. Honda is also the opening
sponsor for the exhibit. Following the exhibition opening, ASIMO will
conduct several public performances at the museum from Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22.
Fans can follow ASIMO's Canadian journey on Honda Canada's Facebook page and find out more about ASIMO on its Facebook page.
ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, was designed to be a helper to people. Honda hopes ASIMO will
someday assist the elderly and disabled in their homes, but the robot
is being used today to encourage and inspire young students to consider
studies in math and science. Honda engineers began developing a
humanoid robot in 1986 for the purpose of someday helping people in
need. After years of research and development, they created an advanced
humanoid robot able to function in real-world environments. ASIMO is
permanently installed in Disneyland's Innoventions attraction where the
live Say 'Hello' to Honda's ASIMO demonstration takes place several times daily in the Honda ASIMO
About Honda Canada
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969. It has produced more than 5
million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities
and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario,
where the Honda Civic, Acura MDX and ZDX models are manufactured.
Honda Canada has invested more than $2.6 billion in Canada and each
year it sources nearly $1.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian
suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than 3.4 million Honda and Acura
passenger cars and light-duty trucks in Canada.
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