ASIMO  History


Creating New Mobility
Follwing in the steps of Honda mortorcycles, cars and power products, Honda has taken up a new challenge in mobility --- the development of a two-legged humanoid robot that can walk.

Aiming for Function in the Human Living Space
Honda wants to create a partner for people, a new kind of robot that functions in society.

The Concepts Behind Honda's Robot R&D
The main concept behind Honda's robot R&D was to create a more viable mobility that allows robots to help and live in harmony with people.

Research began by envisioning the ideal robot form for use in human society.
The robot would need to be able to maneuver between objects in a room and be able to go up and down stairs. For this reason it had to have two legs, just like a person.
In addition, if two-legged walking technology could be established, the robot would need to be able to walk on uneven ground and be able to function in a wide range of environments.
Although considered extremely difficult at the time, Honda set itself this ambitious goal and developed revolutionary new technology to create a two-legged walking robot.

History of Honda's Robot Development

  • E0 (1986)
    E0 (1986)
    Honda's humanoids are shown in the chronological order of development since 1986.
  • E1 (1987 - 1991)
    E1 (1987 - 1991)
    Early prototype of the later models walked at static pace of 0.25km/h with a certain distinction of movement between the two legs.
  • E2 (1987 - 1991)
    E2 (1987 - 1991)
    First dynamic movement at 1.2km/h mimicking the human walk.
  • E3 (1987 - 1991)
    E3 (1987 - 1991)
    Thigh-like legs walked at the normal human speed of 3km/h.
  • E4 (1991 - 1993)
    E4 (1991 - 1993)
    Knee length was increased to 40cm to simulate the quick human step speed of 4.7km/h.
  • E5 (1991 - 1993)
    E5 (1991 - 1993)
    First autonomous locomotion model had a large head cover.
  • E6 (1991 - 1993)
    E6 (1991 - 1993)
    Autonomous control of balancing when going up and down the stairs or slopes or stepping over an obstacle.
  • P1 (1993 - 1997)
    P1 (1993 - 1997)
    First prototype of a man-like model with upper limbs and the body.
  • P2 (1993 - 1997)
    P2 (1993 - 1997)
    First humanoid stunned the public with realistic movement.
  • P3 (1993 - 1993)
    P3 (1993 - 1993)
    Evolution in size and weight marked this fun humanoid.
  • ASIMO (2000 -)
    ASIMO (2000 -)
    Further evolution in size and weight and advanced walking technology.

ASIMO Development Story

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