Honda is planning to have level 4 autonomous vehicles on the road by 2025, according to an Automotive News report. The company detailed its plans earlier this week at its Vision 2030 strategy session; plans that are going to put a strong emphasis on electrification and advanced safety technology.
The Japanese automaker has already explained plans to have self-driving cars on the market in 2020, but these vehicles will likely only engage in autonomous driving on highways. The company’s 2025 plans include vehicles that will have the ability to self-drive on city streets as well as highways.
It is widely understood that vehicles with level 4 autonomous functionality will require some degree of artificial intelligence to detect traffic and other unpredictable situations. So far BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and others have already stated they plan to have autonomous vehicles on the market by 2021, meaning Honda may ultimately be a little late to the party.
Honda has been increasing its R&D spending in recent years, partially due to the creation of a new division within the company dedicated to developing electrified vehicles.