Honda will bring its hands-free highway driver assistance technology to the US by the end of the decade, making it the latest automaker to offer partially automated driving technology to customers.
Honda Sensing, the company’s Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), is now available to car owners who have chosen to add the feature to their vehicles. Two upgraded systems, Honda Sensing 360 and Honda Sensing Elite, will add new features thanks to more capable sensors and advanced AI software developed by the automaker.
Honda owners in China will be able to purchase the updated Honda Sensing 360 system later this year. US customers are eligible in the late 2020s, and by 2030 the system will be standard on all Honda vehicles.
US customers are eligible in the late 2020s, and by 2030 the system will be standard on all Honda vehicles.
As autonomous vehicle technology continues along its extended timeline, automakers are getting involved in so-called “safety” features like ADAS in an effort to put advanced technology in the hands of customers and gain revenue from expensive options or subscriptions in the process. – Better late than never. Ford and General Motors have released hands-free systems in recent years and promise to update those systems to include unattended driving options in the near future.
Honda is one of the few automakers to offer a Level 3 unmonitored system. Earlier this year, the company began leasing its Legend Hybrid EX in Japan, equipped with the Honda Sensing Elite suite of driver-assist technologies. first level. But according to automotive news, who tested the vehicle, the system “introduces a new level of stress.” A test drive in Japan mainly showed the limitations of the system rather than its capabilities.
The original Sensing ADAS system was introduced on the 2015 CR-V, but has since become a standard feature. It offers many of the alerts designed to avoid or mitigate collisions, including pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and driver attention monitoring.
Honda Sensing 360 will include hands-free highway driving and automatic lane changes. Honda Sensing Elite will be a Tier 3 unattended system, which is only available in Japan. The automaker has yet to announce additional markets at this time.
Honda has been one of the most cautious automakers when it comes to self-driving vehicles. A recent ranking of the leading companies in autonomous technology does not even include the Japanese automaker, which is the sixth largest car company in the world. Honda has been in talks with some of the major AV operators in the US, but has yet to reveal its own self-driving program. The company has previously said it is targeting 2025 to launch self-driving cars with Level 4 capability.
But most companies, including Waymo and Cruise, have said they will skip Tier 3 and work exclusively on Tier 4 technology. The reason is that Tier 3 is considered potentially dangerous given the need for drivers to remain vigilant. even though the vehicle performs most of the driving tasks.