Honda Planning Fully Autonomous Cars By 2025

Honda’s new development strategy will focus on electrified powertrains as well as self-driving cars, with level 4 autonomous vehicles expected to hit the streets by 2025.

During its mid-term Vision 2030 strategy plan, Honda said that it would boost coordination between R&D, procurement and manufacturing, looking beyond conventionally-powered and operated vehicles, as reported by Autonews.

“We’re going to place utmost priority on electrification and advanced safety technologies going forward,” said Honda CEO, Takahiro Hachigo.

While the Japanese automaker already announced a vehicle that can drive itself by the year 2020, the new target is to have city-capable autonomous vehicles ready by 2025, a time frame that puts them slightly behind rivals such as the BMW Group, Ford and Nissan.

In order to build level 4 autonomous vehicles (meaning capable of driving themselves on highways and city roads under most conditions), Honda needs to invest in artificial intelligence to detect traffic movements, as well as to develop a wide array of cameras and sensors that can help the car steer around obstacles.

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  • Infinite1

    Honda’s technology never cease to amaze me, their future tech is going to be interesting

  • Craig

    Clever to pick the RLX. I mean… no one wants to drive it NOW!

  • marioGTI

    And who the hell will want that? Maybe my gramma….hmmm

    • Status

      You’ve never been stuck in traffic, have you?

      • marioGTI

        Almost everyday my friend, I have 40 mile commute from Chicago burbs to the loop, taking beloved I-290, or even better I-90 LOL, still I prefer to be in charge vs some chips and photocells.

        • Status

          What about other drivers? The quality of their driving can’t be admirable.

          • marioGTI

            True, but the whole “ROBO” thing just scares me more than low quality drivers. It’s just too creepy, maybe I will get used to it, but for now I don’t see it working at least here in Chicagoland area with all the rough winters and summer constructions, good luck!

          • Status

            If an autonomous car can manage the winters of Scandinavia, then a Chicago winter is nothing. Winters are predictable and the prevailing weather is regularly scheduled, with which their behaviour can be programed in response to. Summer road construction sites can also be scheduled, and their placement can be disseminated first by via V2I communication, and then V2V for those approaching the site.

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