Honda is now aiming to introduce SAE Level 4 self-driving vehicle tech to its model lineup by the year 2025. The new development timeline also calls for the market introduction of “highly-automated” freeway driving tech (SAE Level 3) by the year 2020.
This new timeline was revealed by Honda President & CEO Takahiro Hachigo at a recent media briefing in Japan, where members of the media were apparently able to “test drive” some vehicles outfitted with Honda’s current automated vehicle technologies. Video of that can be found here:
A Honda press release provides more: “The freeway driving test-drive demonstration was conducted on a closed test course using a vehicle equipped with an advanced suite of sensors, showing the capability for automated driving system utilization on a multi-lane freeway in the presence of traffic. The test vehicle utilizes an advanced sensor package which includes multiple cameras, as well as five LiDAR and five radar sensors.
“A second driving scenario, simulating a common urban driving experience, was conducted using the latest generation of Honda artificial intelligence (AI) with Deep Learning capability. Equipped with camera sensors only and no LIDAR or GPS, Honda’s AI with Deep Learning can sense and respond to complex driving environments and situations, such as roads without proper lane markings. The system also can detect pedestrians and bicyclists at night with only partial visibility, and through the accumulation of experience, using advanced AI, the system can improve its ability to predict an outcome and take appropriate action.”
As it stands, Honda’s deployed self-driving tech is more or less limited to safety systems — with autonomous emergency braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control options now available on many models.
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