Honda Continues Collaboration with OurCrowd
Since announcing its partnership a year ago with OurCrowd, the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platform, Honda has continued to foster collaboration opportunities with Israel’s tech community and will return to the 2017 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit on February 16, 2017, in Jerusalem. The summit is the world’s largest equity crowdfunding event and the most significant investor event in Israel, with more than 5,000 attendees from over 80 countries. Interested in startups pursuing vehicle intelligence technologies, apps and software, Honda will welcome networking opportunities with potential partners that are focused on transforming the mobility experience.
Nick Sugimoto, head of HSVL, will be joined on the Summit’s big stage by VocalZoom, already a Honda Xcelerator partner, for a presentation addressing how tomorrow’s technologies are being applied today to drive business and change lives.
HSVL is working with Israeli startup VocalZoom to apply its optical microphone technology to improve voice interaction inside the vehicle. Honda and VocalZoom introduced their collaboration with a proof-of-concept demo at CES 2017 in January.
VocalZoom is a leading supplier of Human to Machine Communication (HMC) optical sensors that enable a more natural, personalized and secure voice-control experience. VocalZoom’s optical sensor “reads” facial skin vibrations during speech, enabling it to isolate a driver’s voice from all of the other background sounds in the car. The result is clean, isolated driver commands that are significantly easier for automotive voice-recognition systems to understand and obey than was previously possible with traditional voice-control solutions.
About Honda Xcelerator
Based in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, Honda Xcelerator is an open innovation program designed to facilitate collaboration between early stage technology startups and global Honda. Honda created the program to engage innovators in an open and supportive environment. The program offers funding for rapid prototyping, a collaborative workspace and pairing with Honda mentors. To learn more, visit xcelerator.hondasvl.com.
Designed to create new possibilities for customers, the NeuV (pronounced “new-v”), which stands for New Electric Urban Vehicle, is a concept vehicle whose genesis is based on the fact that privately-owned vehicles sit idle 96 percent of the time. The NeuV explores the idea of how to create new value for its owner by functioning as an automated ride sharing vehicle, picking up and dropping off customers at local destinations when the owner is not using the car. The NeuV also can sell energy back to the electric grid during times of high demand when it’s not in use. These activities have the potential to create a new business model for enterprising customers.
About Honda Technology
Honda is creating technologies and products that advance the company’s clean, safe, fun and connected brand values. These efforts include advancements in automated vehicles, connectivity and ultra-low carbon mobility. In North America, the company has more than 300,000 vehicles on the road equipped with the Honda Sensing or AcuraWatch safety and driver-assistive technologies and more than 400,000 vehicles featuring Apple CarPlayâ and Android AutoÔ compatibility. Continuing its pursuit of open innovation, Honda launched the Honda R&D Innovation Lab Tokyo in 2016, and Honda Xcelerator and Honda Developer Studio in Mountain View, CA in 2015 to accelerate collaboration with innovators working on intelligent technologies.
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