Honda Demonstrates Autonomous Tech at GoMentum Station [VIDEO]
Honda recently gave a demonstration of its autonomous vehicle technology at the GoMentum Station, the largest secure Connected Vehicle (CV) and Autonomous Vehicle (AV) proving grounds in the United States.
Located in Concord in Contra Costa County, California, the 5,000-acre GoMentum Station features 20 miles of paved roadway running through the decommissioned zone of the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS). With city-like roadways and buildings, the site provided a realistic environment to show off Honda’s development of automated and connected vehicle technologies.
“The Contra Costa Transportation Authority and GoMentum Station are committed to supporting innovative research that will influence transportation and enhance safety for all road users,” said Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of the CCTA. “Our partners are developing autonomous and connected vehicle technology that will help accelerate the next generation of transportation infrastructure and make the future of driving safer around the world.”
Honda has already deployed advanced driver assistance systems across both the Honda and Acura lineups, in the form of the Honda Sensing and AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies.
But the automaker also brought to the GoMentum Station a modified version of the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD luxury performance sedan that has been fitted with new radar, Lidar, camera and GPS sensors, complemented by other forms of second-generation autonomous tech. That vehicle had an impressive showing at the proving grounds:
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Honda has said that it hopes to put automated driving technologies into practical use on highways by approximately 2020. The company is working towards that goal through inter-connected research efforts in Japan, Europe and the US, with its research at GoMentum Station being spearheaded by the Honda Research Institute USA.
“Automated vehicles have the potential to significantly improve safety and expand access to mobility,” said Jim Keller, senior manager and chief engineer of Honda R&D Americas. “We believe that safe and secure sites like GoMentum provide a unique opportunity to accelerate technology development and the advent of a cooperative car society.”
“The City of Concord is looking forward to tracking the evolution of the new technology being developed by Honda at the GoMentum Station,” stated Laura Hoffmeister, Mayor of the City of Concord. “It’s exciting to be the host city for GoMentum Station, and to know that our roads will be safer in the future thanks to the work being done there.”
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