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Honda Opens Its Doors

H onda Motor Co.'s future is quietly being forged in a secretive lab in Mountain View, California. From this 35,000-square-foot taupe-colored office park, Naoki "Nick" Sugimoto, a 55-year-old Honda veteran, scouts for the world's best tech partners. Two recent projects from Sugimoto's lab--a car display enhanced with holograms and an "optical" microphone that dramatically improves speech recognition by reading a speaker's facial vibrations--wowed crowds of auto and tech enthusiasts at the Consum

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