Honda automaker was among the companies that decided to see how the autonomous trend develops before it takes any action. Therefore, there is little surprise that the Japanese company occupied 15th place out of 18 when it comes to achievements in this innovative sector. However, the company plans to catch up with its competition.
Honda Needs Three More Years to Enter the Autonomous Trend
This week Honda executives revealed their upcoming marketing and production strategies. They set 2025 as a deadline for their work on vehicles based on Level 4 autonomous driving capability. This level is the furthest technology reached so far where a car can handle most driving decisions by itself. Level 5 is still at the level of theory where the autonomous car needs not the slightest indication from its passengers.
However, until this stage, Honda wants to introduce Level 3 autonomous vehicles to consumers by the year of 2020 first. At this level, the car can handle the traffic yet driver needs to pay attention when the robot requests his or her aid.
Honda Is in Collaboration with Waymo to Innovate Electric Car Concept
Takahiro Hachigo is the CEO of the company and claimed that he is looking for a safe product for both passengers (including the driver) and persons in the proximity of it. Moreover, he expressed a high interest in the automotive trend but also in the environmental cases. By 2030, Honda plans to turn two-thirds of its products into electric vehicles.
In this “clean” direction, the company has already made its first steps by partnering up with Waymo back in December. This is the self-driving vehicle unit of Alphabet. On the other hand, it is not clear yet how the two possible rival players are going to benefit from each other. While they started off talks about research and development, no decision consolidated any initiative yet.
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