AD #2189 – Honda Unveils Urban EV Concept, U.S. Eases Autonomous Car Rules, Benefits of 4-Wheel Steering

September 13th, 2017 at 11:55am

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- U.S. Eases Autonomous Car Rules
- VW to Cut Number of Golf Variants
- Honda Unveils Urban EV Concept
- McLaren and Honda Split
- GKN Teams with Panasonic Jaguar Racing
- Benefits of 4-Wheel Steering

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23 Comments to “AD #2189 – Honda Unveils Urban EV Concept, U.S. Eases Autonomous Car Rules, Benefits of 4-Wheel Steering”

  1. WineGeek Says:

    “Self Police” safety, give me a break. We’ve seen how well even with limited supervision such as Dieslegate at VW. Why would we think the manufacturers will all “play by the rules”. We have mandatory testing to be sure drivers can actually drive the car. Some manufacturers may actually feel a social responsibility to be sure the vehicles they produce are safe, but some will “beta test” their autonomous features on unwary consumers. Not the best way to be sure the vehicle is safe for drivers and passengers.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It is getting increasingly scary to ride motorcycles, with a future of unregulated autonomous trucks and cars being beta tested on public roads. Yikes.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I hope McLaren’s switch to Renault will give Alonso another year or two in a competitive car. He is a great driver, and I’d like to see what he can do, again. I would be even batter if Renault can reach parity with Mercedes over the off-season.

    Why is Toro Rosso switching to Honda? Do they want to make absolutely sure that the are “second string” to the Red Bull team? OK, I guess Honda could magically come up with competitive power units after years of failure, but I’m not holding my breath.

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Honda’s urban EV certainly is clean looking; whether that translates to the real-life rendering will have to be a wait and see. Too often concepts look great but pale when actually built.

  5. Lambo2015 Says:

    What comprises these safety assessments? Is this just an evaluation of safety features? A report of failed safety features? Or the reporting of just collisions? More info please.

    Certainly all automakers are aware of the liabilities of a development vehicle on public roads, they have done that for years. Cutting out some unnecessary oversight to speed things up could be a good thing.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sean I really like the Honda urban EV too I just hope they rethink the dot matrix numbers displayed on that dash.. That’s not futuristic at all and seemed very out of place.

  7. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Honda’s got competitive power, i.e., F1 engine; it’s been their reliability that hasn’t been up to snuff. And I think M/B is still one step (though only marginally now) up on all of the competition.

  8. GM Veteran Says:

    I agree with Sean and Lambo, the Honda EV concept car looks great. A very nice mixture of retro and futuristic styling. Hopefully the production car will retain these good looks, with better readability of the vital car stats on its screens.

  9. SteveO Says:

    Does anyone else see the Honda EV’s resemblance to a restomodded Mk.1 VW Golf?

  10. XA351GT Says:

    That Honda EV looks an awful lot like the old CVCC from the mid 70s. My neighbor had a orange one .

    McLaren switching to Renault is almost a sideways move. If you don’t have Mercedes or Ferrari power it is a tough hill to climb to get on the podium I think you’ll see Alonzo in Indy Car next year. I’d be real surprised if you don’t. He wants to win now and unless he gets gifted a seat at Mercedes or Ferrari I don’t see that happening in F1.

  11. Ed Says:

    Reuters wrote:
    ‘System safeguards’ lacking in Tesla crash on autopilot: NTSB
    The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday “operational limitations” in the Tesla Model S played a “major role” in a May 2016 crash that killed a driver using the vehicle’s semi-autonomous “Autopilot” system.
    … In its findings on Tuesday, the NTSB said the self-driving system’s “operational design” was a contributing factor to the 2016 crash because it allows drivers to avoid steering or watching the road for lengthy periods of time that were “inconsistent” with warnings from Tesla.
    The system could not reliably detect cross traffic and “did little to constrain the use of autopilot to roadways for which it was designed,” the board said.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 Red Bull have been a strong “best of the rest” with Renault power. Yeah, Merc is best, and, to a lesser extent, Ferarri, but Renault power is competitive. Of course, anyone, even Honda could improve by next season.

  13. BobD Says:

    The Honda EV concept to me looked like something VW would concept.

    Speaking of VW, cutting Golf variants may seem logical, but there was obviously a reason they offered all of those variants in the past. There is a trade-off when you decrease variants, normally it results in lower sales. And if you now start offering the variants as options as was suggested, that really doesn’t seem to get rid of production complexity or reduce engineering effort or the design cycle.

  14. gary susie Says:

    By the time this adminstration get done there will be no regulations but lots of lawsuits!!!

  15. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ BobD: Yeah it does. Looks like a really cool concept for a new Rabbit GTI.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 VW is doing their part to make the European market more like the U.S. market, with no powertrain choice. Actually, it won’t be nearly as bad as the U.S. There will still be multiple engines available, gas and diesel, with both manual and automatic transmissions. We Americans could be so lucky.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12, 14 My first thought when seeing the picture was A1 Golf/Rabbit.

  18. kurt w Says:

    Will be fun to see what Autoline After Hours chats about wrt the recent German Euro Car show. Am also wondering if Audi has Dodge Demon envy given their upcoming R8 RWS (rear wheel drive only R8). Seems incredibly dumb for performance (Bugatti and other engineers stated no RWD chassis can properly utilize power over 600 HP), but perhaps image and a German Tire Barbecue’s more important these days?

  19. Bill Nelson Says:

    Sean, you need to speak with your captioning crew. “Autoline” came out “Auto lying”
    Surely hope they’re wrong!

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    #18 kurt So do the Bugatti engineers feel they need to keep all RWD vehicles below 600hp or move to AWD if over 600?

    If I had an Engineer say a RWD chassis cannot properly utilize anything over 600 I would get a new Engineer. When a funny car can successfully put 1500+ hp to the pavement using just RWD then its just a matter of bridging the gap from a race car and a production vehicle.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    An F1 weighing about 1400 pounds has 750 hp, and does pretty well with RWD.

  22. Ukendoit Says:

    Unlike the majority, I didn’t think of the Golf/Rabbit when viewing the Honda concept. Like #10 said, it looks just like the old ’70s Hondas. My first car was a ’77 Civic, my second was a ’78 Civic (I combined them together to get one good Civic). You can click on my name to see the old ’78 version.

  23. Don B. Says:

    I think the Honda EV looks like the South America version of the Chevy Chevette.