The future of the automotive industry on a global scale is going towards zero tailpipe emissions due to the rising concern for the environment. Which is why carmakers are looking at fully electric vehicles and Honda Motor Company has also announced that they will be investing heavily in the green technology for cars of the future. Not only that, the company also stated the fully electric cars would also be completely autonomous allowing the driver to, according to the Japanese carmaker, sleep in the car. While the idea may seem to be far-fetched, the fact of the matter remains that not just India, but the world is moving towards a sustainable solution for mobility. The dependency of non-renewable sources such as petrol and diesel will eventually diminish.
According to the recent statement made by Honda Motor Company to Reuters, the company will introduce level 4 autonomous driving in their cars by 2025 and market a vehicle that can drive by itself on highways by 2020. “We're going to place utmost priority on electrification and advanced safety technologies going forward,” said Takahiro Hachigo, CEO, Honda Motor Company. The carmaker started its EV division in 2016 as a part of its goal to have two-thirds of their models sold in any market across the globe to be based on the lower-emission or no emission technologies. Currently, the stake of these vehicles in the company's portfolio is restricted to only five percent.
The challenge for Honda Motor Company will be that by the time they introduce their fully autonomous vehicle, competitors would be four years behind them. BMW recently stated that their fully autonomous car would be in showrooms by 2021 while Ford will introduce a vehicle with similar capabilities, but, for ride-sharing purpose in the same year. In addition, Nissan also plans to bring out a car completely capable of driving itself around in the city by 2020. Such cars require a host of artificial intelligence programmes that can understand a situation in front of them and assess what would be the best way to keep the occupants safe. Autonomous cars will not just improve the productivity of a person as he or she can focus more on productive things rather than driving, but also reduce fatigue of a person behind the wheel. However, the plethora of sensors, cameras and the presence of artificial intelligence capable enough to make this technology mainstream will take a considerable amount of time, particularly for a market like India.