Honda has developed an autonomous 2017 Clarity which will be showcased at the G7 Ise-Shima Summit.
Honda put a lot of technology into the 2017 Clarity which is why it should not come as a surprise the hydrogen-powered sedan was the model of choice to receive autonomous driving hardware. Several big automakers are already spending significant R&D money for driverless cars and Honda doesn’t want to be left behind in this challenging field.
While details about the Clarity autonomous development vehicle have not been released, we do know Honda’s intentions towards autonomous driving. The car is part of an ongoing effort to have a driverless car on our highways by the end of the decade. Honda already has the Sensing technologies which take the shape of several safety and assistance systems, such as: lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and a collision mitigation braking system.
By improving radar and control systems along with upgrading the performance of cameras, Honda will be able to develop fully autonomous driving which in the initial phase will be possible only on highways.
The autonomous Clarity Fuel Cell also represents Honda’s way of supporting the Japanese government’s desire to see high-tech products at the Group of Seven (G7) Summit 2016 in Ise-Shima. That’s why Honda also has on display the EV-Cub and UNI-CUB concepts, along with a portable external power output device and a smart hydrogen station.
As a reminder, deliveries of the new Clarity Fuel Cell have already commenced at home in Japan. In United States, the hydrogen four-door sedan will be offered initially in California as a retail lease starting late this year. It’s going to cost around $60,000 and Honda estimates it will be available with a monthly lease of less than $500.
Replacing the FCX Clarity, the 2017 Fuel Cell will be able to cover an EPA-certified 300+ miles before needing a refill which will take from three to five minutes.