Honda China is collaborating with AutoX on autonomous driving research in China through vehicle testing on public roads. Honda will provide ACCORD and INSPIRE vehicles that will utilize AutoX’s AV technology.
AutoX describes itself as a ‘frontrunner of Level 4 autonomous driving in China’. In the partnership, Honda will adopt AutoX’s experience in the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles in the most populated cities in China.
Through the test, Honda aims to deepen understanding of China’s traffic environment, establish the public acceptance and safety of autonomous driving technology, as well as to seek new autonomous driving technology solutions.
Honda says it is accelerating the evolution of intelligent technology that enables “zero traffic collision fatalities by 2050.” In China, Honda began to apply “Honda SENSING” to its range of products from 2015, and is currently preparing for the “Next generation Honda SENSING.” In March, Honda launched the first mass-production vehicle compatible with autonomous technology Level 3 in the Japanese market.
AutoX says it has the mission of ‘Democratizing Autonomy’ to provide universal access to transportation of people and goods. This year in January, AutoX launched the world’s second, and China’s first and only fully driverless RoboTaxi service that is open to the public. AutoX has been testing and deploying driverless RoboTaxis in China since April 2020 in the city of Shenzhen.
AutoX is operating over 100 RoboTaxis in China’s most populated cities, including Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Wuhan. The company claims its AutoX Driver platform is capable of handling the densest and most dynamic traffic conditions in urban cities around the world. In July 2020, AutoX obtained the second fully driverless RoboTaxi permit from California’s DMV, making it the first driverless permit holder from China. The AutoX RoboTaxi service in Shanghai is available for any public riders through an app.