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Early look: Honda PUYO Concept

by Drew Johnson

Honda has released images of its PUYO Concept ahead of the car's Tokyo Motor Show debut. Designed as a 'Seamless Soft Box,' the PUYO uses a gel body to help protect pedestrians in case of an accident. According to Honda, "PUYO is a Japanese onomatopoeia that expresses the sensation of touching the vehicle's soft body." In addition, the soft gel body glows, aiding in nighttime visibility.

The PUYO's interior is designed for maximum space and features an instrument panel monitor as well as a cloth dash that rises when the vehicle is started. The PUYO forgoes a standard steering wheel in favor of a more futuristic joystick.

The PUYO uses fuel cell technology and also features four-wheel steering, allowing the car to complete 360-degree turns in place.