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Honda Moves West with Innovation Xcelerator

Japanese maker joins competitors in Silicon Valley.

by on Jul.28, 2015

Honda's new Silicon Valley R&D facility is focusing on harnessing game-changing technologies through open innovation initiatives.

Honda, following the lead of rival automakers such as Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Nissan-Renault, is expanding it presence in Silicon Valley.

The Japanese automaker marked the opening of its new research and development center in Mountain View, California, near the heart of the tech corridor that stretches south from San Francisco and is the home of tech giants such Apple, Google, Facebook, Oracle, Intel and HP.

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“As an industry, we are on the verge of some major transformational changes brought on by the convergence of what have been, to this point, largely disparate technology disciplines,” said Honda R&D Americas President Frank Paluch. (more…)

Own Your Own Test Track

Honda puts its California proving grounds up for sale.

by on Jan.18, 2011

The Honda facility includes a variety of test tracks and buildings - as well as plenty of security.

It’s something no serious gearhead should be without.  And now you can own your very own test track.

Honda has decided to put its 4,255 proving grounds, in Cantil, California, up for sale.  But if you’re interested you better move fast.  The realtor is pushing the idea of converting the facility into a massive solar power facility.

The proving grounds originally were created “to implement a broad range of automobile, motorcycle and ATV vehicle and product evaluations,” explains realtor CB Richard Ellis.

Based out in the Mojave Desert, the Honda operation includes a huge 7.5-mile oval circuit, a 4.5-mile serpentine handling track and a number of smaller tracks designed to reproduce conditions as varied as public roads, race tracks and natural desert terrain.

It’s also put in place plenty of security, including berms to keep nosy spy photographers from getting too close with their long lenses, so privacy is a plus.

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