Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President & CEO Takahiro Hachigo has announced at the Honda Meeting 2017 that all Honda vehicles introduced in Japan from this year onwards will receive Honda SENSING as standard, including the small cars.
There are plans to do the same for other markets, beginning with North America, China and Europe. Takahiro-san aims to achieve “collision-free mobility worldwide” and breaks down the plan to two main ideas – to give drivers confidence and trust in automated driving and to feature smooth and natural automated driving characteristics.
Honda’s current Honda Sensing system bundles Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Honda LaneWatch, Blind Spot Information System (BSIS) and Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM).
Moving forward, Honda is on track to introduce autonomous driving technologies for highway use by 2020, including lane changing without needing drivers’ input. The company will strive to achieve technological maturity for “Level 4” autonomous driving, which completely takes over driving duties from the driver by 2025.
It seems that Honda is firm on achieving these goals with the introduction of Honda Sensing on the US market Honda Jazz facelift. Locally, the first model to receive Honda Sensing is the fifth-generation Honda CR-V, and it will make its debut real soon.