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.

Source: Honda

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Honda Provides CLARITY FUEL CELL and AUTOMATED DRIVE, an Autonomous Development Vehicle, for the G7 Ise-Shima Summit

TOKYO, Japan, May 26, 2016 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is providing CLARITY FUEL CELL, Honda’s fuel cell vehicle, and AUTOMATED DRIVE, an autonomous development vehicle, for the Group of Seven (G7) Summit 2016 Japan in Ise-Shima which is being held on May 26 and 27, 2016.

Honda has been providing support to the Japanese government’s plans to showcase the attractiveness unique to Japan at the G7 Ise-Shima Summit, including high-tech products and innovations that will convey such attractiveness of Japan to the world.

At the Japan PR Exhibition, an exhibition space set up by the Japanese government within the International Media Center of the Summit, Honda is exhibiting multiple products including the UNI-CUB β*1 personal mobility device, the MC-β micro-sized electric vehicle and the Honda Walking Assist Device*2, an assistive device for use in the training of walking, as well as introducing the “smart community” *3 Honda envisions for the future.

Moreover, Honda also provided exhibits of its cutting-edge technologies and opportunities to test drive and experience advanced vehicles at the series of Ministers’ Meetings held prior to the G7 Ise-Shima Summit.

ey Honda exhibits provided at G7 Ministers’ Meetings

Meeting Meeting Location Meeting Date Honda Exhibits
ICT Ministers’ Meeting Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture April 29-30, 2016 ・EV-Cub Concept
Energy Ministerial Meeting Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture May 1-2, 2016 ・CLARITY FUEL CELL
・Smart Hydrogen Station (model)
・Power Exporter 9000, portable external power output device
・Honda Power Manager (HEH55) a V2H*4 compatible DC normal charger
Environment Ministers’ Meeting Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture May 15-16, 2016 ・CLARITY FUEL CELL
Science and Technology Ministers’ Meeting Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture May 15-17, 2016 ・UNI-CUB β
・Honda Walking Assist Device
Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture May 20-21, 2016 ・Smart Hydrogen Station (model)
・Power Exporter 9000, portable external power output device
・Honda Power Manager (HEH55) a V2H*4 compatible DC normal charger
  • *1Honda’s new personal mobility device that features Honda’s original balance control technology and an omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System: Multiple small diameter wheels are aligned and connected to form a single large-diameter wheel, which enables the device to move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally)
  • *2Honda Walking Assist Device is an assistive device designed for the purpose of supporting the training of walking. It is not a medical device designed to determine, treat or prevent medical conditions of the user.
  • *3It is being introduced in the form of a diorama designed based on the image of a hydrogen society envisioned by Honda.
  • *4V2H stands for “Vehicle-to-Home”