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Honda robot ASIMO to be grand marshal at Barber

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Honda robot ASIMO to be grand marshal at Barber
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Apr 19, 2017, 4:53 PM

This Sunday’s IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park will see Honda’s humanoid robot ASIMO serve as grand marshal.

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will see ASIMO – which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility – deliver the command, “Gentlemen, start your engines!”

ASIMO is described as the world’s most advanced bipedal humanoid robot, designed by Honda as a helpmate for humans requiring assistance with their daily lives.

The latest version of ASIMO features enhanced hand dexterity, including the ability to do sign language, recognize human faces, as well as climb stairs, hop, jump, balance on one foot, and transition seamlessly between walking and running.

ASIMO’s previous duties have included ringing the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange, conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, walking the red carpet at a Hollywood movie premiere, and regular performances at Disneyland.

“We are honored to have ASIMO as our Grand Marshal,” stated George Dennis, president of ZOOM Motorsports, the event promoter at Barber Motorsports Park. “This will be the first race event that ASIMO has attended and we are excited to make history with his appearance.”

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