Honda created a single-seater electric car with a body that is almost entirely made up of 3D-printed panels.
The automaker revealed the tiny car on Tuesday at CEATEC 2016, a Japanese consumer electronics show.
While the tiny car is just a prototype, the Japanese automaker told AutoCar that it is ideal for mass production.
Here’s a closer look at the car.
Honda worked with the Japanese tech and design company Kabuku to make the vehicle's customised body.
The customised vehicle was built for the Japanese cookie company Toshimaya, which will use the vehicle to deliver cookies in the city.
Because Honda Kabuku used 3D printing, they were able to incorporate Toshimaya's company logo into the design of the car.
The car is based on Honda's Micro Commuter car, which the company originally revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2011. However, unlike the Micro Commuter car, which sat two people, the new prototype seats only the driver so that the rear of the car can be used to carry cargo.
Honda, of course, is not the first company to use 3D printing technology to build a car. The auto startup Local Motors has been working on this technique for a while. But Honda's prototype is an interesting one because of the platform it's built on.
The car is built upon Honda's Variable Design Platform, which allows for the automaker to easily build vehicles of different sizes.
While Toshimaya's car was specifically designed to deliver cookies, 3D printing could be used to create a variety of bodies to suit different needs.
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