Puyo: It's Green, Safe and Glows

Honda concept car is soft to the touch and hydrogen cell fueled
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2007 4:25 PM CDT
Honda Motor Corp., President Hiroyuki Yoshino introduces the automaker's concept car PUYO at the Tokyo Motor Show in Makuhari, east of Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Honda unveiled the unusual Puyo today, an in-development concept car with no sharp edges and a coating of soft silicone to absorb collisions, Reuters reports. Visitors to the Tokyo Motor Show were given a look at the car, which runs on hydrogen fuel cells, is driven with a joystick, and glows different colors when it is running or standing still.

Puyo's soft silicone surface, similar to mousepads and protective iPod sheaths, is designed to minimize damage to a person hit by the car and, being a soft gel, cannot be dented as other cars are by minor collisions. Honda did not say how strong a collision was required to permanently damage the car. Puyos are a decade or more away from production, with 2020 as a target.