Video B-Roll via Satellite and On-Demand - Honda Showcases 'Green, Safe, Fun' Innovations as part of Grand Prix du Canada Sponsorship

    Honda's Humanoid Robot ASIMO Will Make F1 Debut in Montreal

    TORONTO, June 8 /CNW/ - The following B-Roll is available at the listed
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    DATE OF FEED:      Friday June 8th 2007
    TIME OF FEED:      11:00 am et - 11:30 am et
    CO-ORDINATES:      Anik F2 C, Transponder 3B
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                       Downlink frequency 3820 vertical

    STORY SUMMARY: (Montreal) As a major sponsor of the Grand Prix du Canada
2007 in Montreal, Honda will showcase its leadership in safety, environment
and fun-to-drive technology by bringing the world's most advanced humanoid
robot, ASIMO, to its first ever F1 race. ASIMO will give a presentation on
Honda's 'green, safe, fun' initiatives and interact with Honda Racing F1 Team
drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello at a press conference on
Thursday, June 7.
    ASIMO, which stands for "Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility," was
conceived by Honda to function in human environments to aid those who are
physically challenged. Honda's robot research began 20 years ago by
envisioning the ideal robot form for use in human society. The robot would
need to be able to maneuver between objects in a room and be able to go up and
down stairs. For this reason it had to have two legs, just like a human.
Although considered extremely difficult at the time, Honda set an ambitious
goal and developed revolutionary new technology to create a two-legged walking
    ASIMO has a convenient size and weight, and can move freely within the
human living environment. Its size allows the robot to operate light switches
and door knobs, retrieve items from cupboards and work at tables. Its eyes are
located at the level of an average adult's eyes when the adult is sitting in a
chair. A height of 120cm makes ASIMO easy to communicate with.
    Honda has added intelligence technology to ASIMO, which is capable of
interpreting the postures and gestures of humans and moving independently in
response. ASIMO is able to greet approaching people, follow them, move in the
direction they indicate, and even recognize their faces and address them by
name. Further, utilizing networks such as the internet, ASIMO can provide
information while executing tasks such as reception duties.


    ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, made its F1 race debut
at a press conference June 7 with Honda Racing F1 Team drivers Jenson Button
and Rubens Barrichello and gave a presentation to media on Honda's 'green,
safe, fun' innovations.

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