Honda to launch Level 4 autonomous vehicle by 2025

June 08, 2017 // By Rich Pell
Honda Motor Co. (Tokyo, Japan) has announced plans to develop autonomous cars that can drive on city streets by 2025.

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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