The autonomous vehicle has had a very good year, with Google’s cars logging 1.8 million miles, Delphi’s system completing a first-ever autonomous cross-country trip, and just under a dozen manufacturers getting approval from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test their own systems on the state’s roads.
Add to that group of autonomous-vehicle testers Honda, which just this week quietly joined the list that the California DMV publishes on its website. According to Reuters, Honda has an autonomous vehicle testing facility in Concord, CA (just outside of San Francisco), where it has been working on prototype vehicles.
Last summer, Honda showed a prototype Acura RLX that was hacked to have all the sensors and computing power that an autonomous vehicle requires. But since then, the company has been relatively quiet about its aspirations of building a self-driving car.