Honda to launch Level 4 autonomous vehicle by 2025

June 08, 2017 //By Rich Pell
 Honda to launch Level 4 autonomous vehicle by 2025
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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