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Honda's robotics research leads to more-stable vehicles.

The automaker has drawn from the superfast balancing system it uses to keep its experimental humanoid robots from toppling as they walk for use in a stability system on the new, 2013 Acura ILX compact sedan.

The ILX, loosely based on the Honda Civic, goes on sale May 22, starting at $26,795.

The "face" of Honda's humanoid robotics research is a human-acting robot Honda calls Asimo. Honda foresees a time when Asimo and its ilk will be used as

"companions" to people who'd otherwise need assisted living or live-in human helpers.

Asimo walks like a person, lifting its legs one at a time and bending at the knee, and has articulated arms and hands so it can, for example, open a jar of apple butter or a bottle of sports drink for someone whose grip or arm strength is limited.

First time you see Asimo demonstrated, you'll swear there's a person inside making it move like that. Asimo and other industrial robots show up now and then at robot exhibitions around the country; worth a visit.

The robotics-inspired vehicle stability, or anti-skid, system will, Acura says, ensure "more responsive handling under icy or slippery conditions. The concept for this additional algorithm is based on patented knowledge gained from humanoid robotics research and development work."

Stability systems work by comparing what the driver intends, based largely on the steering wheel position, with what the car's actually doing. If it's not pointed as it should be, stability systems lightly apply the brakes on individual wheels to pivot the car into proper line.

The robotics-derived system speeds up the ability of the software to judge what the driver intends, making the whole anti-skid system work faster.

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Finally Acura starts to use some advanced technology such as this in their cars, but they have a long way to go to catch up to other Luxury car makers like Lexus, BMW and Benz.

If the ILX uses robot research to limit skids, maybe it's time someone does a test to see how well the anti-skid system works.
 

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They do they have their SH AWD system but, what i like about Acura is electronics are there but it isnt an over load of electronics!
 

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hmm... I guess that okay if it imroves safety on the road. Though I'm not really liking how much driver skill is becoming more dependent on car systems and technology.For example, a person who has this technology may become reliant on the anti-skid system when driving on icy conditions. After a while, put him in a car without that feature and he'll probably crash because he hasn't developed the sense to not drive like that.
 

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They do they have their SH AWD system but, what i like about Acura is electronics are there but it isn't an over load of electronics!
Yeah thats true. All those fancy electronic systems get annoying sometimes. Unlike the BMWs theres a whole load of electronics. Its always nice to have but sometimes is it really necessary.
 

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I always like how innovative Honda/Acura has been to come up with new technologies to throw in to their vehicles. It always helps to find solutions to deal with slippery and icy conditions, considering that we live in north america so snows always just around the corner. Good way to always think ahead. Its nice to see the new anti skid and electronic brake force distribution system to help improve the car's stability, a plus for Acura and Honda.
 

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To be honest traction control was annoying in the winter time and i found it danger because it kept cutting power and limiting the throttle but i kept getting sucked into the snow but if i had the power available then none of that would of been an issue
 

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Yeah thats true. All those fancy electronic systems get annoying sometimes. Unlike the BMWs theres a whole load of electronics. Its always nice to have but sometimes is it really necessary.
Really? I don't find them to be annoying at all, once you learn how to use them it makes things much easier, everything you need to know can be accessed just by a screen and buttons/knob. It's just too bad I can't afford one.
 

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Really? I don't find them to be annoying at all, once you learn how to use them it makes things much easier, everything you need to know can be accessed just by a screen and buttons/knob. It's just too bad I can't afford one.
Same here. I really can't compare the two from experience other than what I read. Is the difference very noticeable while on the road? Or is it only in particular conditions?
 
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