Afeela, the electrical automobile developed by Honda and Sony (HNDAF) , made its debut on the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 4.
You could also be questioning about that title, however Sony Honda Mobility, a three way partnership introduced final 12 months, stated that Afeela represents “feel,” which, the corporate stated “is at the center of the mobility experience.”
The title did obtain some pushback on social media.
“What a laughably terrible name,” one individual tweeted.
“Handsome-looking vehicle, and the (minimal) details sound interesting,” one other individual said. “Needs a real steering wheel and to ditch that *horrible* name…”
“Man, I don’t know about naming the brand “Afeela”,” one other tweet learn, “but I am super intrigued with what Honda and Sony are attempting to do here in terms of technology going into the vehicle.”
Yasuhide Mizuno, CEO of Sony Honda Mobility, unveiled a prototype of the automobile that he stated “demonstrates a new relationship between people and mobility.”
Preorders Start in 2025
As far as security and safety, Mizuno stated the prototype was outfitted with a complete of 45 cameras and sensors inside and outdoors the automobile, along with 800 TOPS of most computing energy for ECU.
The automobile’s exterior contains a “Media Bar” which, the corporate stated, “allows intelligent mobility to express itself to surrounding people using light, enabling interactive communication between mobility and people”.
The firm stated it desires to supply intuitive navigation by way of augmented actuality utilizing its sensing know-how.
In addition, Sony Honda Mobility stated it’s “exploring new entertainment possibilities through digital innovations such as the metaverse” and is working with Epic Games, the online game and software program developer and writer behind “Fortnite.”
Production of the automobile will happen at considered one of Honda’s 12 crops within the U.S.
The firm will begin taking pre-orders within the first half of 2025, begin gross sales by the top of 2025, and start supply in North America throughout Spring 2026.
Sony Honda Mobility stated it intends to develop Level 3 automated drive underneath restricted situations and to allow Level 2+ driver help in much more conditions equivalent to city driving.
Honda No Stranger to Electric Vehicles
Level 3 includes know-how that permits drivers to interact in actions behind the wheel, equivalent to watching motion pictures or utilizing smartphones, however solely underneath some restricted situations.
Level 2+ consists of features the place the automobile methods are primarily driving, however the driver continues to be required to observe the automobile and be able to step in if wanted.
Last 12 months, Honda launched the Legend, a luxurious sedan outfitted with the world’s first licensed stage 3 autonomous driving know-how.
The mannequin’s Traffic Jam Pilot system, which was accepted by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, can free drivers from driving in congested visitors on an expressway when touring slower than 50 kilometers per hour.
Some auto trade analysts have expressed considerations about drivers rising complacent with Level 3 autos and being too gradual to react within the occasion of an emergency that the automotive’s security system can’t deal with.
Honda is just not new to the EV market, having produced its first tackle an electrical automobile all the best way again in 1997 with the Fit EV-Plus, or the Honda EV Plus, because it’s extra generally recognized.
The firm additionally made an electrical model of the Honda Fit hatchback in 2012, the space-age-inspired MC-β in 2014, and the Clarity Electric in 2016.