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With 14 R&D facilities in the U.S. today, Honda has more than any international automaker.

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  • ASIMO Visits The Big Apple

    Honda's ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, visits New York City to take in some of the iconic sights on a Spring day in the city.

  • Connected Vehicle Technology (V2V & V2I)

    Seeking innovative solutions to enhance vehicle safety, Honda is a member of the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP). The main goal of CAMP is to further develop safety applications using Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. These safety applications are capable of warning drivers of potential hazards coming from nearby vehicles that may or may not be visible to the driver. In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation and CAMP, Honda is participating in the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Driver Acceptance Clinics held nationwide to assess how drivers accept and respond to this new safety technology.

  • Behind the Scenes of HondaJet

    Behind the Scenes of HondaJet

    The $4.5 million HondaJet is Honda's first-ever commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for dynamic performance together with superior efficiency. The FAA-conforming HondaJet, now in the certification Phase, already has exceeded the company's top speed goal of 420 knots (483 mph) and has achieved a maximum altitude of 43,000 ft. in flight testing.

    Learn more at www.hondajet.com.

Data Points

RESEARCHED & DEVELOPED IN AMERICA

  • One-third of all Honda and Acura model-year 2014 vehicles, including three-quarters of all light truck models, sold in America were researched, designed, and developed in America.
  • Honda invests 5 percent of its global revenues in R&D operations annually.
  • 24 distinct Honda and Acura auto and light truck models have been researched, designed, and developed in the U.S. since 1991.
  • Honda and Acura operate separate and independently-dedicated design centers in California for research and development.
  • The Honda Pilot, Honda Odyssey, and Acura MDX are the latest examples of “complete product creation” - Honda's ability to develop vehicles in the U.S., from initial product concept all the way through mass production.
  • Up to 59 percent of each new Honda and Acura white body includes high strength steel, helping the company reduce vehicle weight to achieve high fuel efficiency while enhancing both safety and performance.
  • HondaJet is equipped with the fuel efficient Honda-GE HF120 turbofan jet engine and the Honda-patented over-the-wing engine configuration. Coupled with a natural-laminar flow (NLF) wing and fuselage nose, and an advanced all-composite fuselage structure, HondaJet fuel efficiency is increased by as much as 20 percent compared to other jets in its class.
  • Honda performs power equipment R&D in the U.S. at its research center in Haw River, N.C.
  • Honda Performance Development, Inc., established in 1993 and located in Santa Clarita, C.A., is the technical operations center for Honda's high-performance racing program. The facility houses comprehensive engine design, engineering development, preparation, rebuilding and inspection areas, transit-style dynamometer test cells, machine shop, parts center, and administrative support facilities. It is also the sole engine supplier to the IndyCar Series. For more, watch the video.

During the past decade, Honda's research and development efforts have yielded such diverse outcomes as advances in nano technology and humanoid robots, the fuel efficient HondaJet, real-world applications of fuel cell technology, and innovations in thin solar cells.

 

Honda’s R&D Operations Across the U.S.

U.S. R&D Locations Activities
Torrance, CA Automobile & Motorcycle Research & Development; Honda Design Studio and Acura Design Studio
Los Angeles, CA Advance Design Studio
Mountain View, CA Honda Research Institute—Advanced Technology Research
Denver, CO Automobile Emissions Testing
Grant-Valkaria, FL Marine Engine Research & Testing
Detroit, MI Automobile Technology Research
Burlington, NC Aircraft Engine Research & Development
Greensboro, NC Aircraft Research & Development
Haw River, NC Power Equipment Research & Development
Cincinnati, OH Aircraft Engine Research & Development
Columbus, OH Honda Research Institute—Advance Technology Research
Columbus, OH Mobility Innovation Exchange – Advance Technology Research
Raymond, OH Automobile & All-Terrain Vehicle Research & Development
Timmonsville, SC All-Terrain Vehicle Research & Development

 

Improving Fuel Economy by Reducing Aerodynamic Drag

Honda R&D’s Wind Tunnel facility in Ohio helps improve vehicle fuel economy by allowing engineers to eliminate sources of aerodynamic drag not only around the exterior shape, but also across the underbody, through the engine room, and around wheels and tires. By combining Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation techniques with wind tunnel test results, engineers reduce aerodynamic drag very early in the development process, when vehicle and system designs are most flexible.

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Thinking Ahead

Honda’s passion for the advancement of
mobility has led the company to explore the
field of humanoid robotics. 25 years of
research by Honda engineers resulted in
many technologies that hold promise as new
products or applications to Honda product
lines. Many of these technologies came
from ASIMO, one of the world’s most
sophisticated humanoid robots.