The beginners guide to autonomous driving

Autonomous driving is a daunting and puzzling prospect, here’s nine essential facts to bring you up to speed.

Autonomous cars have been around far longer than you’d think
Driverless cars powered by radio and electromagnetic fields have been around form as early as the 1920s. However it hasn’t been until the late 20th century that advances in computing and robotics have given rise to a new breed of machine.

What is an autonomous car?
Any car that does not require human input to perceive and navigate its environment. Imagine KITT from Knight Rider, but 100% more functional and 100% less Hasselhoff.

Autonomous features are already creeping into our cockpits, the all-new Civic is a fine example
The all-new 2017 Civic’s collision Mitigation Braking System automatically activates the brakes when it detects that a collision is going to occur. How does it work? Watch the youtube clip above.

Autonomous cars will soon be the new normal
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX says “Autonomous driving is just going to become normal, like an elevator – they used to have elevator operators, and then we developed some simple circuitry to have elevators just come to the floor that you're at. You just press the button.”

Autonomous Driving is both safer and cheaper, too
In the UK such new technology could not only save 30,000 lives every year, but create 320,000 jobs. The Average driver spends 50 minutes per day in their car, just think what could be done with that extra six hours a week!

The new Civic features several other cutting-edge autonomous features
As standard throughout the Civic range you now get Honda sensing. This means that whether it’s maintaining a safe speed with Adaptive Cruise Control, or keeping you on the straight and narrow with Lane Keeping Assist Systems, the 2017 Honda Civic is here to help – and, more importantly, keep you safe. - Video above.

The 2017 Civic is literally a life-saver
Lane Departure Warning and Honda Road Departure Mitigation warn you if you veer into a new lane, and even make subtle corrections to the steering, similar to those hair-like sensors in your ear that help keep your balance, but better.

Autonomous cars will be ubiquitous in less than 20 years
By the year 2035, more than 12 million fully autonomous vehicles will be sold every year.

The future is now!
From Collision Mitigation Braking to Adaptive Cruise Control, Honda Road Departure Mitigation and even Emotion Engines, it looks like we’re not far off from living in a utopia of self-sustaining, self-driving Honda vehicles.