Japanese automobile giants Honda Motor Co are planning to future proof the company by developing autonomous electric cars. On Thursday, the company talked about plans – as part of its Honda Vision – to develop autonomous cars which would be commercially available by 2025. Car industry has seen a major shift in future visions as lead manufacturers have shown seriousness in building autonomous vehicles.
Honda’s mid-term Vision 2030 Strategy plan
Honda unveiled their mid-term vision 2030 strategy plan putting the strategy shift in focus. The company wants to increase funds and coordination for the Research and Development (R&D) program. The new focus will be set on major linkup between R&D, procurement, and manufacturing to cut down development costs for creating accessible autonomous and electric cars for mass production.
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The automobile industry has gradually progressed from traditional cars to electric vehicles. The autonomous driverless cars are seen as a logical next step in the technology progress. The electric car which saw great resistance in the start is now considered as future by most car manufacturers.
Honda envisions that it will be able to commercially launch the first driverless car to drive itself on highways by 2020. The manufacturer is behind BMW who are leading the race to launch driverless cars for city traffic as well. Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo, however, is confident that the company has its priorities set in the right direction.
“We’re going to place utmost priority on electrification and advanced safety technologies going forward.”
The company outlined its priorities which include
- Developing new driving technologies.
- Robotics- and artificial intelligence-driven services.
- New energy solutions with lesser emissions.
Honda Speeding up the Vision Change
Honda only established a division late last year to develop electric vehicles (EVs) as part of its long-held goal for lower-emission. The range includes creation of gasoline hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) to account for 60 percent of its line-up by 2030. Currently these cars aggregate to a lowly 5 percent – indicating a serious vision change.
With vision 2025 and autonomous cars, the company will require artificial intelligence to detect traffic movements, along with a battery of cameras and sensors to help avoid accidents. Honda however is confident that with increased spend on R&D and clearer vision; it’ll be able to make swift transition.