Honda unveils its self-driving car powered by lasers, radars and cameras


Honda has become the fourth company after Google, Ford and Toyota to share its own vision of the self-driving car.

The Acura RLX sedan uses cameras, radar sensors and laser beams to monitor lane marking and the car’s surroundings, while in-built GPS technology helps the car to stay on the course and follow speed limits.

In an impressive video filmed in Detroit, the car takes two passengers onto the highway, accelerating to the appropriate speed limit, braking if necessary and signalling to change lanes.

An Acura RLX sedan, a prototype car, is shown during a demonstration in Detroit, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. The car has cameras that monitor lane markings and multiple radar sensors on the front and sides. On top is a beacon that uses laser beams to continually scan the carís surroundings, similar to self-driving prototypes already introduced by Google, Ford and Toyota. GPS also helps the car stay on a previously mapped course and follow the speed limit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) One tech journalist said using the car was like a ‘five-star’ taxi journey (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

‘Honda is aiming to eliminate accidents, not just for the driver but for pedestrians and drivers of other cars,’ said Hironobu Kiryu, the car’s chief engineer.

Speaking at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, Mr Kiryu explained that if the car senses it cannot handle a situation – such as when a vehicle cuts too closes in…

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