Honda Brings Joy To Children With Special Toy Car

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This is how you reduce anxiety in a hospital.

Honda is kicking off the festive season by providing comfort and joy to young hospital patients. The source of said joy is Shogo, an electric ride-on for kids. Honda says Shogo helps reduce the stress and anxiety of children and their families.

We're with Honda on this one. A hospital is an intimidating place if you're an adult, so we can only imagine what it must be like as a child. The joy Honda is spreading has been captured in a short film titled Project Courage, and you can watch it below. Hyundai did something similar a year ago, though it was not as advanced as the Shogo.

Shogo was developed entirely in-house by Honda's engineers. It was explicitly created as a hospital transportation device and is equipped with all the necessary medical features a patient needs. It's currently being used at the Children's Health of Orange County (CHOC), one of Honda's long-term partners.

"Creating Shogo to help support these patients during what can be a stressful time in the hospital has been a labor of love for our passionate team of Honda associates and we're especially proud to introduce Shogo during this holiday season at CHOC," said Hundy Liu, manager of national automobile advertising, American Honda Motor Company. "To see the joy on the faces of these young patients when they get behind the wheel of Shogo is truly rewarding."

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Randall Smock, a senior exterior designer of vehicles, played a significant role in the design and testing of Shogo. To him, the project was more personal than it was to most.

"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," said Smock. "Every element of Shogo was designed to accommodate different needs of young children, making it as easy as possible to get in and out, simple to drive, and for the entire experience to leave them a bit happier."

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Shogo was designed for patients between the ages of 4 to 9. Kids in this age group can control a car, though a handler is in charge of the top speed, which is between 1 to 5 mph.

Shogo's standard features include a central seating position like a McLaren F1, soft-touch surfacing, easy-to-clean edges, a toy bucket, cupholders, a horn with different sound options, and a customizable license plate display the driver's name. There's also a push bar for when the caretaker wants to take over and an IV pole for apparent reasons.

Honda says Shogo is also part of its vision to make 40% of its product line-up EV by 2030. Its next big EV model will be the Prologue, set to arrive in 2024. The cute Honda e is not meant for the US market, which means customers either have to wait or get behind the wheel of the Clarity Fuel Cell.

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