Nissan and Honda Autonomous Driving: Hands-Off from Highway to Downtown

From Technical Session presentations given at the 12th Automotive World Conference 2020



The “Augmented Driving” Concept announced by Honda at CES 2020. Honda is engaged in developing the concept based on the idea that if fully automated driving is realized, it will be possible to provide new value to users that has never before existed.

  At the 12th Automotive World Conference held in January 2020, there was a technical session entitled "Practical Application of Autonomous Driving – From Highway to Downtown". A presentation entitled “Autonomous Driving Technology Development of Nissan'' was given by Mr. Tsuyoshi Sunda, Deputy General Manager, AD/ADAS Advanced Technology Engineering Department, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Mr. Yuji Yasui, Chief Engineer, Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Automotive Center gave a presentation entitled “Towards Realization of Automated Driving System Cooperating with Other Traffic Participants." This report provides an overview of these two presentations.

  Mr. Sunda of Nissan confirmed the basic idea that "driver-assistance technology", especially the evolution of collision avoidance technology, will lead to the evolution of autonomous driving, and explained the technologies that comprise its ProPILOT and ProPILOT 2.0 systems. ProPILOT 2.0 is equipped with 3D high definition (HD) map data that renders the contours of expressways in centimeter-level detail, enabling vehicles to know their exact location on the road at all times. The realization of unprecedentedly stable steering has made "hands-off" driving possible. In addition, the status of field testing currently being conducted toward the realization of automated driving, including on general public roads, was introduced.

  Mr. Yasui of Honda, like Mr. Sunda of Nissan, introduced that the evolution of driver-assistance technology has been contributing to the practical application of autonomous driving. Next, he explained the technology Honda plans to introduce in 2020 in "Automated Driving in Traffic Jams on Highways (the world's first SAE standard Level 3 practical application)". In the second half of his presentation, he introduced the challenges associated with the further evolution of automated driving, including general public roads, as well as Honda's efforts to address those challenges. Since 3D high definition (HD) maps are not expected for public roads, it is necessary to utilize more advanced AI technologies. Therefore, Honda is engaged in developing and utilizing "interactive AI," which can understand driving scenarios, predict the actions of other road users, and act in unison.

Related reports:
CES 2020: Next-generation mobility initiatives by Japanese manufacturers (January 2020)
2019 Year in Review: Reality, Trends and Highlights of AV Industry (December 2019)
Nissan: Connected strategy in the age of autonomous cars (January 2018)
Honda: Partnering with IT companies in Japan, the U.S., and China on advanced technologies (October 2018)


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