Honda Maps Out Vision for Level-4 Automated Vehicles

To date, the consumer public in general hasn’t been particularly receptive to the idea of self-driving cars.  In fact, quite a few leading automakers are also showing high levels of caution.  One of which being Honda, which according to the results of a recent study currently ranks number 15 out of a total of 18 automakers, which are making headway in self-driving car technology,

But clearly having decided that now’s the time to take the next step, Honda has finally shared a few key details about its self-driving car program – specifically that it intends to begin rolling out production models in 2025.

The company had previously stated that it was aiming to have Level-3 autonomous vehicles on the road by the end of the current decade.  A goal which was again reiterated in their latest appearance and statement. The difference being that the vehicles they intend to have out and about by 2025 will apparently step up to Level-4.

Which basically means that the car takes over the vast majority of key driving responsibilities – Level-5 being total automation.

Honda Maps Out Vision for Level-4 Automated Vehicles

“We are striving to provide our customers with a sense of confidence and trust by offering automated driving that will keep vehicles away from any dangerous situation and that will not make people around the vehicle feel unsafe,” Honda president and CEO Takahiro Hachigo told reporters.

His remarks came during a speech in which he spoke of Honda’s vision for the coming years – one element of which being to ensure that electric vehicles in various forms make up two in every three vehicle sales by 2030.

Once again however, it isn’t simply a case of getting autonomous vehicles on the road – it’s also about persuading the everyday consumer that they are actually a good idea.  Which, according to a number of large-scale surveys, could actually prove as difficult as developing and mass-producing the required technology itself.