Self-driving roadster offers "thrill of driving" but can automatically determine when to take control
Felix Page Autocar writer
8 January 2020

Honda has unveiled the Augmented Driving Concept as a roofless four-seater with fully autonomous capabilities. 

Designed “to address the cultural transition to autonomous vehicles”, the concept offers drivers the choice between taking full control or allowing the car to drive itself. 

There are eight driving modes, offering varying degrees of input from the vehicle, with Honda claiming a 'seamless’ transition between each via a single switch. There are also a number of inbuilt sensors that can automatically determine the appropriate level of interference based on the driver’s behaviour. 

The concept has a minimalist interior with an emphasis on space. A conventionally styled steering wheel features, but it serves numerous functions in addition to direction control. Patting the wheel twice starts the vehicle and pushing it forwards and backwards controls acceleration. 

Honda said: “In the autonomous future, Honda believes that customers will be able to enjoy mobility in new ways when freed from the responsibility of driving. At the same time, customers may still want to experience the emotion and thrill of driving.”

It's unclear whether the concept is electric or conventionally fuelled, but front end styling influenced by the new Honda E supermini suggests that the technology on display has been developed with EVs in mind.

Appearing alongside the concept at CES in Las Vegas is Honda’s Smartphone as Brain concept, which allows a smartphone to be controlled via switches on steering wheels or handlebars, and a new voice recognition function that aims to minimise distractions while driving.  

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8 January 2020

 So, a car that decides when your driving like a loon!?, what will the criteria be?

8 January 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 So, a car that decides when your driving like a loon!?, what will the criteria be?

It will be decided purely upon the quality of one's grammar and prose, Peter.

9 January 2020
Cersai Lannister wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 So, a car that decides when your driving like a loon!?, what will the criteria be?

It will be decided purely upon the quality of one's grammar and prose, Peter.

Surely you understand that, if the Cars Brain decides your driving badly, it will take control, the point I'm making is, what will the criteria be?

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