Honda has teamed up with the administration at CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) to help provide comfort and joy to hospitalized children with the introduction of “Shogo.” This collaboration is called “Project Courage”.
The Honda Shogo is a small electric ride-on car for kids to help ease the stress and anxiety of navigating the hospital corridors for surgeries, tests, treatments, and appointments. The vehicle takes the place of a wheelchair and the children can drive themselves. This car invokes playfulness and laughter that can help with a child’s recovery in a positive way. Developed by Honda engineers, Shogo has many features to engage the patient in the transportation experience.
Honda is very proud to be introducing this concept during the holiday season, as a hospital stay during the holidays can be stressful for children and their parents.
CHOC is the first hospital to utilize Shogo in caring for young patients facing hospitalization. A hospital spokesperson said that the staff was impressed from the beginning of the project with Honda’s dedication in collaborating with them to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for young patients.
Honda Shogo Electric Ride-On Vehicle Overview
“Shogo” is based on a Japanese word that means “soaring into the future”. The vehicle concept focuses on patients between the ages of 4 and 9 who are able to easily drive with power controls, manage the stop and go mechanisms on the steering wheel, and adjust the speed of 1-5 miles per hour with the aid of a handler such as a nurse or a parent.
The car was designed with patient safety and accessibility being priorities. It is built without doors to be easily accessible for the kids. Other features include a centered seat with manageable steering controls and smooth, soft-to-the-touch surfaces that are also easy to clean and sanitize.
There is an IV pole port and a push bar that offers caregivers the option to manually push the vehicle when needed. Additional features to make the child’s experience more comfortable include a toy bucket in the front of the vehicle for items the child would like to bring along with them, cup holders, a center horn with different sound options, and a customizable license plate pocket to display the name of the child driving or riding in the car.
There is a great short video that shows how the electric ride-on car was designed and how children can operate it and truly enjoy the ride. The smiles, excitement, and laughter are precious.