Honda R&D Co., Ltd., a research and development subsidiary of Honda, is further strengthening its research and development of intelligent technologies and, toward that objective, will establish Honda R&D Innovation Lab Tokyo by around September this year in Akasaka, Tokyo. The new operation will serve as a venue for “co-creation”—Honda will seek to collaborate with external experts and other research institutes.
In 2003, Honda R&D established Honda Research Institute (HRI) for the purpose of evolving its intelligent technology research which explores new fields beyond mechanical engineering, including the fields of brain research and visual/aural recognition. HRI has been working on various research projects while establishing a global network of researchers in the areas of advanced sciences through HRI operations in Frankfurt in Germany, Silicon Valley and Columbus in the US and Wako-City in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
In Silicon Valley, Honda R&D has also established its satellite operation, Honda Silicon Valley Lab (HSVL), which has been working in collaboration with the HRI operation in the US and making progress in some areas including the discovery of technologies among local start-up companies.
By adding Honda R&D Innovation Lab Tokyo to the network of existing operations in Germany, the US and Japan, Honda intends to attract and gather new talent from broad areas of expertise on a global basis. Honda will accelerate practical applications of such technologies in the future while seeking collaboration with external experts and other research institutions.
Honda will continue to strengthen and expand its research in the field of intelligent technologies, connectivity and robotics.