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Honda's Asimo robot bows out but finds new life

Underlying tech applied to physical therapy and self-driving vehicles

Asimo runs during a public event at Honda's showroom in Tokyo in 2006.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Honda Motor has stopped development of its humanoid Asimo robot, a symbol of Japan's advances in robotics technology along with Sony's Aibo robot dog.

The automaker now plans to put the technology behind Asimo to use in areas such as physical therapy and self-driving vehicles.

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