Sometimes automakers build things that leave you wondering. We’re not talking a car that looks a little odd or an interior that only works ergonomically if your arms are 6-feet long. No, we’re talking about when they get all kinds of creative and build something truly odd. Today that something is the Honda RoboCas.
This bit of adorable comes to us from the Tokyo Motor Show, where it was on display to help make you happy. Honda’s press release, in fact, says it’s all about a future of people connected with smiles, which isn’t creepy at all.
Honda is researching mobility to expand the possibilities of people’s lifestyles, for a future in which people are connected with smiles. The Honda RoboCas Concept, a unique form of electric mobility, was born to make each person’s ideas and dreams come true. On top of a compact mobile body, RoboCas has a carry space which can be easily rearranged. It carries things (or people!) and its use is limited only by the imagination: Open an impromptu cafe during the weekend, or a soup cafe or curry shop. Using Honda’s autonomous mobility technology, RoboCas can follow people in its unique, cute way, bringing happiness and joy to everyone. At the Tokyo Motor Show, RoboCas will put on an entertaining show with lots of music, and help at the Honda booth, to make a visit to the booth a memorable occasion. Come to the Honda booth and see, play, enjoy!
We would happily head to the Honda booth to see, play, and enjoy if we were in Tokyo, but sadly we are not there so we can’t connect with a smile. We have only a sad face over here at BestRide and a rather stale cup of tea cooling on our desk.
The RoboCas is a clever idea, honestly, although we’re not sure how it carries people. Do you ride in this thing? Where are the seat belts? Where are the airbags? Is it even approved for use on public roads?
It’s only a concept, so it’s not approved for anything, yet, except smiles. It is very cute and does make you want to smile, but I’m not so sure all of us having a way to set up an impromptu curry stand or café is a good idea. Although, it would be nice to make a few extra bucks on the side.