The company had previously announced plans for a self-driving vehicle that could drive on highways by 2020. The new autonomous vehicle push was announced as the company unveiled its mid-term Vision 2030 strategy plan, in which the company revealed plans to focus on new driving technologies, robotics- and AI-driven services, and new energy solutions.
According to Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo,”We’re going to place utmost priority on electrification and advanced safety technologies going forward.”
A new electric vehicle (EV) division was established last year. The company expects EVs, hybrids, and fuel-cell vehicles to comprise two-thirds of its model line-up by 2030.
Honda’s goal for street-ready autonomous vehicles by 2025 will require that the vehicles meet a “Level 4” automated driving classification – meaning they are capable of driving themselves under most – but not all – situations. Other companies – such as BMW and Ford – have announced plans to launch fully autonomous vehicles by 2021.
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