Honda Designs Adorable Electric Car To Transport Hospitalised Children

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Honda has designed an electric toy car to bring comfort and joy to hospitalised children.

Shogo is a ride-on specifically designed for young patients to navigate hospital hallways.

Developed in-house by Honda engineers under Project Courage, the initiative demonstrates the incredible impact that play and laughter can make in the life of a hospitalised child, including easing the stress and anxiety of young patients and their families.

Currently, the Shogo is in use at the Children's Health of Orange County (CHOC) Hospital, which is one of Honda's long-term partners.

To see the joy on the faces of these young patients when they get behind the wheel of Shogo is truly rewarding," said Hundy Liu, manager of national automobile advertising, American Honda Motor Company.

Randall Smock, who helped design the vehicle for Honda, added: "As someone who spent time in the hospital as a young child, I really wanted the number one objective of our Honda team in developing Shogo to ease the hardship of a hospital stay by providing kids a lasting positive memory about that experience."

The Shogo was tested on a dedicated course inside the company's R&D facility designed to replicate a hospital hallway route with actual children and parents to ensure the electric ride-on vehicle was safe to operate when delivered to the hospital.

The result is a stylish single-seater without doors to make it safe for young patients to enter or exit the vehicle. It also has a central seating position with steering controls suitable and accessible for a child, along with smooth and soft-to-the-touch surfacing that is easy to keep clean in a hospital setting.

Other features include an integrated IV pole holder and a push bar that provides caregivers the option to manually push the vehicle when needed. To make the child's experience more comfortable, the Shogo also has a toy bucket in the front for the vehicle for items the child would like to bring along with them, cup holders, a centre horn with different sound options and even a customisable licence plate slot to display the name of each rider. It also has an adjustable speed of 0.28-8 km/h (1-5 mph), which is controlled by a handler such as a nurse or caregiver.

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