There have been three big buzz words in the car industry for some years - autonomy, electrification and connectivity. If you weren’t at least talking about them, or more likely at least demonstrating that you were doing something about them, you were trailing the pack.

Until this morning, that’s exactly where Honda was - or at least the perception was, because it’s clear from the tech demos and speeches in Japan that the work on at least autonomy and electrification have been well underway for some time, albeit out of sight.

Honda developing autonomous tech to let you sleep while your car drives

So while it remains clear that Honda lags behind many rivals today - accelerating the roll out of road sign recognition systems and frontal impact avoidance technology that has been on Fords for many a year already isn’t ground-breaking - it is clear that it is committed to not only playing catch up, but in time pushing to take leadership.