Honda today announced that it is targeting the year 2025 for the introduction of vehicles with highly-automated driving capability in most driving situations (SAE Level 4). This new goal builds upon earlier-announced plans for Honda and Acura vehicles to have highly-automated freeway driving capability (SAE Level 3) by 2020.
“We will strive to achieve the technological establishment of Level 4 automated driving for personal car use by around 2025,” said Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President & CEO Takahiro Hachigo. “We are striving to provide our customers with a sense of confidence and trust by offering automated driving that will keep vehicles away from any dangerous situation and that will not make people around the vehicle feel unsafe.”
The Society for Automotive Engineering defines automated driving based on six levels of capability, from zero to five. SAE Level 4 or “high automation” means the vehicle can handle all driving tasks in most driving situations, with possible exceptions including inclement weather conditions or unusual driving environments, where the driver would be required to resume control.
The very first 2017 Honda Civic Type R in the world, Vehicle Identification Number 01, will be auctioned online beginning June 7, with all proceeds benefitting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The Civic Type R is the fastest, most powerful Honda of all time produced for the U.S. and the first Honda Civic Type R to be sold in America.
To view and bid on the 2017 Honda Civic Type R VIN 1: http://bringatrailer.com/listing/2017-honda-civic-type-r-for-charity/
Ford will shorten its traditional two week summer shutdown of its plant in Louisville due to high demand for the Escape and Lincoln MKC models. The two vehicles are off to their best start in company history in the first five months of the year. The Kentucky plant will shut down for only one week thereby increasing production by 8,500 additional vehicles.
The Albuquerque area had the highest per capita auto theft rate in 2016 according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. New to the top 10 this year, the metro areas of Anchorage, Alaska (No. 6) and Billings, Mont. (No. 10). Here are the other top ten:
2. Pueblo Colo.
3. Bakersfield, Calif.
4. Modesto, Calif.
5. Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario Calif.
7. Merced, Calif
8. San Francisco, Calif. area
9. Fresno, Calif.
So six of the ten are in California. Yet overall, vehicle theft is down, dramatically, across the nation. The historic peak year for vehicle theft was 1991, with 1,661,738 reported thefts. In 2015, the total was 707,758. That is a 57.4 percent reduction since 1991. The NICB said a large number of the stolen cars had the keys left in them.