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Honda unveils first electric ride-sharing concept car
Car companies love to say they got there first. It appears Honda may be the first major automaker to show a concept vehicle designed for the ride-sharing market. The NeuV, which was announced Thursday at CES, is an acronym for the New Electric Urban Vehicle. NeuV [noo-vee] is based on the premise that self-driving, electric cars can be put to work rather than sitting idle nearly all the time. Honda says the two-seat vehicle could be programmed to pick up and drop off passengers when its owner isn't using it, or to sell back remaining energy to the grid. “We designed NeuV to become more valuable to the owner by optimizing and monetizing the vehicle's down time,” Mike Tsay, principal designer, Honda R&D Americas, said in a company statement.