Honda’s new concept bridges the gap between autonomous and conventional driving

Concept cars sure are becoming more interesting
by Tom Harrison | Jan 10, 2020
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After that weird Avatar-themed Mercedes, Toyota’s city, and Sony’s surprise car, welcome to the next weird thing to come out of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

The Honda Augmented Driving Concept is supposed to bridge the gap between conventional and autonomous driving. The company says the concept can switch “seamlessly” between manual and autonomous drive modes, of which it has no fewer than eight offering varying degrees of assistance, and that the system is always on standby, with lots of sensors pointed at the driver to predict when they want to relinquish control. 

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The way you control the car in manual mode is unusual, too. To start it, you pat the steering wheel twice; to speed up, you push the steering wheel away from you; to slow down, you pull it toward you.

This roofless four-seater is quite clearly a fair distance away from reality, though it is quite cute. Honda doesn’t specify what it’s powered by, but we’d guess some kind of electric drivetrain. Because of course.

Do you like the look of Honda’s future?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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