Honda’s Asimo meets sympathetic sim Pepper

Tokyo, Japan – Is Honda’s walking robot Asimo marrying Pepper, the chattering robot from SoftBank? Honda and internet company SoftBank said on Thursday they would be working together on artificial intelligence to develop products with sensors and cameras that can converse with drivers. Honda, maker of highly mobile robot Asimo, left, and Softbank, developer of interactive humanoid Pepper, will work together to combine mobility with artificial intelligence. File photos: Shizuo Kambayashi and Koji Sasahara / AP Asimo, first shown in 1996, walks, runs, dances and grips things, while Pepper, which went on sale last year, doesn’t have legs but is programmed to recognise mood swings in people it interacts with. Carmakers and technology companies are interested in robotics to improve driving safety and comfort, but experts say humans are still…

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