Blog: Honda's ASIMO becomes official Narita airport greeter
Graeme Roberts | 22 March 2016
Attendants riding the UNI-CUB ß, Honda’s personal mobility device, will escort travellers arriving on certain flights to the specially-arranged demonstration area, where ASIMO will demonstrate multiple moves such as dancing and kicking a soccer ball and introduce various services the airport offers
Honda Motor's ASIMO robot, in evolving iterations, has been around for years - it's always a smash hit with the public at motor shows or the huge Honda headquarters showroom in downtown Tokyo. Today came news the automaker plans to conduct demonstrations of its 'bipedal humanoid robot' at Narita International Airport for a week from Monday, 28 March to 3 April.
"This will be the first time for any airport in Japan to hold this type of event in the area prior to where travellers begin the immigration process and formal entry into the country. Honda will showcase its technological strengths by providing ASIMO, an outstanding humanoid robot representing Japan, to welcome and offer its hospitality to travelers who just arrived," a press release trilled.
"In accordance with the spirit of 'using technology to help people', which Honda has pursued since its founding, the company has been researching and developing robots which can coexist with and help people. On the other hand, Narita International Airport Corporation has been striving to increase the attractiveness of [the airport] as a gateway to Japan for air travellers. With a shared passion and interest, the two companies worked to realise this ASIMO demonstration initiative."
That week, attendants riding the UNI-CUB β, Honda’s personal mobility device, will escort travellers arriving on certain flights to the specially-arranged demonstration area, where ASIMO will demonstrate multiple moves such as dancing and kicking a soccer ball and introduce various services the airport offers to visitors from outside Japan.
If you're passing through, say hello to ASIMO from me. We've met a few times already.
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