There are currently several automakers testing autonomous vehicles in California. Google, Tesla, BMW and Audi are just a few of the automakers that have driverless vehicles roaming the streets of the Golden State. Well, it turns out that Honda just got approval from the state of California to start testing autonomous vehicles of its own.
Honda will be introducing advanced driver-assistance functions across its lineup, including Acura models, within the coming years. Honda has already created a high-tech autonomous vehicle testing facility in Concord California, but it now can put these driverless vehicles to the test on the road. We read a little while back about how some autonomous vehicles from various companies had been getting into some accidents. It wasn’t exactly clear whether or not the autonomous cars have been responsible for those crashes, but it is interesting to know with more getting onto the road.
California isn’t the only state that has been allowing autonomous testing for companies, as Michigan, Florida and Nevada have all allowed for such testing. It isn’t clear if Honda has gotten approval to test in those states, nor do we know if any other company has either, but we do know there will be Hondas driving themselves around California.
What we also do not know is how far along Honda is with its autonomous technology or which models will utilize it. Google claims that full autonomous technology should be available by 2020, but who knows how that will pan out, especially for other automakers. 2020 seems a bit soon for fully autonomous vehicles to be driving around on our roads, but it’s certainly possible. BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz currently offer extensive autonomous driver aids in markets other than North America, so maybe we just need a couple of legislation changes and we’ll see a lot more driverless functions on automobiles.
What’s certain is that more companies getting on the autonomous bandwagon will certainly move things along quicker. Especially companies as technologically advanced as Honda, who have a storied history of innovation and technology. Competition breeds excellence so Honda’s entrance into this world will help companies like BMW and Tesla get moving faster and maybe we will see self-driving functions in 2020.