Honda, yeah that Japanese company that makes cars is preparing to take another big leap in the industry by making a more futuristic vehicle everyone is supposed to love. The good news here is that the company is the company is planning on working on it’s own self-driving cars by next year.
Based on a report gotten from Nikkei Asian Review on Friday, the company is planning ahead to launch a Level 3 self-driving system with the Honda Legend sedan right in Japan by the year 2020. This innovation will allow drivers to relax or even look away while driving as the vehicle takes full control (Not entirely though)
However, Level 3 systems, ranked on the SAE scale of autonomy, have to hand controls back to drivers whenever there’s a problem — a reason so many companies have skipped this level and moved straight to Level 4.
Even though there isn’t any official statement about this at the moment from the company, it’s worth noting that the fact that Honda is interested in making autonomous vehicles by 2020 proves that point to some extent but until the company comments about this, nothing is official.
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And even if Honda would embark on an autonomous path down the road, the fact that the company will probably build such in it’s Acura, it’s subsidiary company that makes luxurious cars is much more certain considering the fact that the price-tag will pay off for the cost of tech-materials to build the system.
Japan has vigorously pursued autonomous technology and plans to commercialize L3 systems next year, lending more credit to the report.
Since the country is known to be really improved when it comes to technology, the fact that Honda, one of it’s biggest automaker is embarking on such quest is probably going to quickly land government’s support.
And since Autonomous cars are now being worked on by different companies such as Waymo, Tesla, GM and so forth, the future of autonomous cars and their safety is just around the corner. But what would really make a car autonomous would be to drive the car without having to be scared anything would go wrong at any given time which is why governments are very skeptical about this technology until it becomes really stable and reliable enough.