Saluting Innovation @ Honda

On September 17 of 2017, an earthquake struck the state of Puebla, Mexico with a magnitude of 7.1 Mw and extended to the neighboring states of Morelos, Mexico City, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, Guerrero and Oaxaca, among others.

In the face of this type of disaster, communities come together without hesitation to provide help to those in need. Honda recognizes this and believes technology can be a vital tool to aid rescuers in their disaster relief efforts.

Meet the E2-DR, Honda’s new disaster robot. It moves like a human, is adaptable and flexible, can climb stairs, navigate obstacles, is water resistant and slide through narrow cracks. Honestly, it should make an appearance in the next Star Wars movie. At a height of 1.68 meters, and weighing 85 kg, the E2-DR is equipped with cameras, scanners and 3D sensors, allowing it to locate survivors for up to 90 minutes between charges.

Currently being tested, developers are aiming for adaptability and responsiveness that will allow the E2-DR to operate autonomously. For the time being, the newest emergency responder can be controlled remotely.

We salute Honda and its E2-DR robot for their efforts to help rescuers by pushing technology to lend a hand, literally, and help save human lives.


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