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Testing Honda’s tech for its 2020 self-driving car

Testing Honda’s tech for its 2020 self-driving car

The ultimate goal, Honda says, is a car you have the choice to drive, or to be driven in. That's the end game in the Japanese firm's ambitious autonomous vehicle plan, which by 2020 includes a milestone of a car "that can drive you to your chosen destination" according to the engineers working on the project. Several things have to come together for that to happen, mind, and I tried some of them out during my visit to Honda's R&D center in Japan this week.

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Driving this electric Honda was more fun than the new NSX

Driving this electric Honda was more fun than the new NSX

You know something is up when a Honda engineer giggles while he's talking to you about his car. Turns out, the Honda "4-Motor Electric SH-AWD with Precision All-Wheel Steer" prototype - a clunky name for a heavily modified CR-Z - is enough to cut through the usual restrained enthusiasm of Honda Japan's handling experts, and turn them into squeaking fanboys. Then I drove it myself, and instantly understood why.

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2017 Acura NSX First Drive Preview

2017 Acura NSX First Drive Preview

We've been waiting for the new 2017 Acura NSX so long, I was starting to worry I'd find it passé even before I drove it. It's been three years since Acura first showed off the NSX Concept, and only a little less than that since their abrupt about-face on the powertrain that turned what was shaping up to be a relatively mainstream sports car - albeit with an iconized nameplate - into a complex hybrid.

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2016 Honda Civic first drive

2016 Honda Civic first drive

What do you expect from a mainstream car? If you're talking about the 2016 Honda Civic, then those expectations vary hugely, with what's considered a "must-have" proving just as broad as the age range of the car's audience. It's no small issue, and one Honda can't afford to ignore. Some drivers prioritize economy above all else; others demand space and luxury features; style is vital but potentially divisive; and even in this mass-market segment, driving feel can't be ignored.

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Honda prices up the 2016 Civic

Honda prices up the 2016 Civic

Honda's tenth-generation Civic will kick off at $18,640, while the hotly-anticipated turbo version will begin at $22,200. Full pricing for the 2016 Civic was announced today, along with the official EPA mileage figures for the new car.

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Honda pushes CarPlay and Android Auto in 2016 Civic

Honda pushes CarPlay and Android Auto in 2016 Civic

Honda told us it planned to bring CarPlay and Android Auto to the mass market, and the new 2016 Civic is the latest part of that. The tenth-gen car, unveiled last night, includes support for both Apple and Google's smartphone-connected infotainment systems with its updated 7-inch touchscreen in the center console.

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Tenth gen Honda Civic brings first Honda turbo engine to US

Tenth gen Honda Civic brings first Honda turbo engine to US

Honda has officially debuted the new tenth generation Civic Sedan that will be coming to North America. The car brings a significant redesign on the outside along with new technologies. Among the new technologies are support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. New styling on the outside of the vehicle uses lots of LED lights.

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P-51 Mustang Replica plies the skies with Honda Odyssey V6 power

P-51 Mustang Replica plies the skies with Honda Odyssey V6 power

One of the most potent and sexy warbirds from the WWII era was the infamous P-51 Mustang. The real deal had a massive Merlin V12 under the cowl and was festooned with cannons to destroy the enemy. What you see here looks a lot like a P-51, but it is actually a replica aircraft called the Titan T-51. The idea here is to get propeller aircraft fans into the skies in an affordable military-style aircraft.

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Honda gets California OK for autonomous cars on public roads

Honda gets California OK for autonomous cars on public roads

The highways of California are about to get a wee bit more crowded, not with your run of the mill cars but with self-driving ones. California's Department of Motor Vehicles has just approved Honda's application for testing self-driving cars on its public roads. This makes the Japanese car maker the latest to join the fray of companies seeking self-driving permits in the state. It also gives a bit more credence to Honda's self-driving plans, which so far have not been as detailed or as concrete as its industry rivals.

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Honda Project 2&4 concept has the heart of a MotoGP racer and four wheels

Honda Project 2&4 concept has the heart of a MotoGP racer and four wheels

Honda is showing off one of the coolest concept cars it has unveiled in a long time and the car is called the Project 2&4 concept. It’s about as close as you can get to a motorcycle with four wheels with a bit of F1 car thrown in the mix. The body of the car is suggestive of Honda F1 cars from the ‘60s, but its heart is pure MotoGP.

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Honda Civic Tourer Active Life concept is crammed full of bikes

Honda Civic Tourer Active Life concept is crammed full of bikes

Bicycling is an incredibly popular sport and if you know anyone into serious cycling, you may have an inkling just how expensive the sport is. Some bikes cost more than a nice car and understandably owners want to keep them very safe. Honda has a new concept car that is called the Active Life concept and it is designed to allow cyclists to keep a pair of their expensive racing bikes inside the car.

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2016 Honda Pilot destroyed in small overlap crash test (but that’s a good thing)

2016 Honda Pilot destroyed in small overlap crash test (but that’s a good thing)

Honda has always been a car company that is big on safety and it spends lots of time and money engineering safety into its vehicles. Honda recently had its 2016 Pilot at the IIHS testing facility for testing on the difficult to pass small overlap test. That is the test where an offset head on collision with a stationary object is simulated.

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