Augmented driving: Honda came up with a new way to interact with the car

2 Jan

At the CES Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Honda will introduce a new technology for communicating with an unmanned vehicle and let everyone test it.


The other day we complained that Honda is not going to revive the iconic S2000 roadster yet, but is only preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a kind of restyling, but at a new technological level, a walking sports car, as it turned out, is still possible. In the form of a concept, it will be shown at the beginning of January at the CES exhibition, and so far the company has unveiled a video teaser and a brief description.


The car is called Honda Augmented Driving Concept and, judging by the teaser, it is a convertible with retro-style elements and a 2 + 2 landing formula. Nothing has been reported about the power plant (it is most likely electric), but it is known that the concept is equipped with an autonomous driving system, in which a person can intervene at any time.


All controls are tied to a steering wheel with a touch rim. To conditionally start the power plant, it is enough to pat him twice. To accelerate, you need to press the steering wheel, that is, move it away from you, and for braking you need to pull on yourself. Simple and clear. The trick is that artificial intelligence is constantly included in the management process and monitors the person, trying to recognize his intentions based on modern data processing technologies. Thus, a harmonious combination of manual and autonomous control is achieved. Tired of sitting idle? Take it and drive it! Tired of steering? Throw the steering wheel and take a selfie – the electronics will immediately take control and will not let you fly off the road.

At CES, the new driving concept can be evaluated using a computer simulator, but when it can be seen on production cars is not known. So far, Honda is preparing to introduce a third-level autopilot according to SAE classification on Acura premium models, so that they can drive independently on specially equipped freeways in the United States. Such a ride, however, requires constant visual control by the person – that is, it is not autopilot yet, but one name.