Forget about mechanized brakes, backup sensors, and even self-driving cars; Mitsubishi is stepping it up a notch with an actual robot employee at a couple of its Tokyo bank locations. Before completely automatic cars, will we get automatic people?
The humanoid robot is named Nao, and Nao speaks 19 languages. Thanks to camera eyes and microphone ears, Nao can both see and hear people, not only recognizing the meaning of the words but also analyzing their facial expressions.
Nao can even understand the subtle differences in tone of voice. So I wouldn’t take “that tone” with Nao, if I were you.
The first few of the Nao models are designed to test how effective the humanoid can be at branches, with Mitsubishi convinced that Nao can even handle tricky customers. If all goes well, the company will increase the Nao presence to most of their branches.
What do you think? Ready to argue with a Mitsubishi robot banker? Let us know at Don Robinson Mitsubishi your thoughts in the comments.
In a recent speech at the Chicago Auto Show, Mitsubishi Motors North America CEO Don Swearingen told the audience that Mitsubishi was “here to stay.” He was talking about the Japanese automaker’s presence in the States. To prove it, Mitsubishi is bringing back the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, after a one-year absence here.
The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a super-compact car that seats four and runs strictly on electricity. As Green Car Reports tells us, “The Mitsubishi i-MiEV was the first modern electric small car to go on the market, entering limited sales in Japan in 2008.”
The car runs on a 16 kWh battery which gives the i-MiEV a 62 mile range, sufficient for any work-a-day commute. For the incoming 2016 model, this will not change. However, Mitsubishi did mention that it was going to liven up the options for the new model.
Mitsubishi has been very vocal about its commitment to create viable alternative powertrain’s. The incoming 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV provides a fantastic counterpart to the larger Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Hybrid. While the latter provides everything that a midsize sporty SUV should, the i-MiEV can go where few cars can go, in that impossibly tight parking spot for example. And don’t forget, it cost the environment zero emissions to get you to that parking space. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the i-MiEV here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi!