ASIMO made a special stop in Detroit on Jan. 5, 2004 while on its North American Educational Tour.
ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, made an appearance Jan. 5, 2004 at the North American International Auto Show as part of the "Say Hello to ASIMO" North American Educational Tour, a 15-month national educational tour presented by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. The tour reaches out to students across the country through the nation’s top science museums and educational institutions, creating a unique educational experience inspiring young students to pursue academic study in the sciences. The tour has educated and entertained an estimated 73,000 people since the tour was launched in January 2003.
In Detroit, ASIMO appeared at the Honda corporate press event, where Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO Takeo Fukui addressed more than 1,000 journalists and automotive executives from around the world. ASIMO's appearance highlighted Honda's leading-edge technological capabilities and reinforced Honda's commitment to produce products that enhance human mobility. The crowd, accustomed to witnessing somewhat routine vehicle introductions at auto shows, was amazed and enthralled as ASIMO opened the press event by walking out on stage and demonstrating its humanlike movement and adept coordination. Enthusiastic applause could be heard from the astonished crowd as ASIMO danced, balanced on one foot and walked backwards. Finally, ASIMO welcomed President Fukui to the stage and shook hands with him as hundreds of camera flashes from excited journalists washed the stage in a blinding light.