The India visit began on September 8th, with a press conference before more than one hundred mass-media personnel. The following is a report of the team's long stay - more than a month - in India.
During the tour, ASIMO met more than 30,000 people, and was widely reported on TV and in the newspapers, creating a great sensation all over India.
On September 8th, the TAJ PALACE HOTEL, where the press conference for visitors in India was to be held, was filled with reporters and TV cameras. The HONDA team leader explained the objectives of development and advanced technology, as ASIMO appeared in the hall of the hotel. As ASIMO appeared, vast quantities of photographs were taken, and many voices were raised in admiration in response to the figure of ASIMO walking.
There were many questions about advanced technology and future of ASIMO from the reporters. ASIMO was introduced in Hindi and commented "I have enjoyed sightseeing in New Delhi ", marking a successful introduction to the people of India.
ASIMO being interviewed by a reporter at the press conference
Robot seminar with researchers in India
Awards ceremony for quiz at event
From the day after the press conference, ASIMO joined various events in several regions without taking any time out. Wherever the team went, ASIMO was surrounded by many people, and became the main topic of conversation.
On September 9th, a Robot Seminar was held with researchers and students of technology in India. ASIMO visited the Japanese Embassy, joined an event at a science center with more than 1,000 students, and visited HONDA Corporation India. Moreover, ASIMO greeted VIP national guests and attended an event designed to give children dreams, fulfilling all kinds of roles at these events during a one-month stay in India.
Through September 25th to September 27th, ASIMO sang and danced with a famous singer in front of audiences of more than 10,000 as the last event in India. ASIMO achieved great success in India and established a wonderful bond with the people.
ASIMO with a presenter wearing traditional costume at HONDA corporation India
Performance with Indian singer