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Honda started testing its autonomous driving tech in California.
The company has commenced testing of its automated and connected vehicle technology at the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Under the terms of an agreement between Honda, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the City of Concord, Honda will use the newly branded “GoMentum Station” test-bed site at the CNWS to advance its technologies.
Honda added it also plans to participate in a consortium committed to making Contra Costa County home to a premier testing facility for automated drive technologies.
The GoMentum Station, a 5,000-acre facility, is the largest secure test-bed of its kind, located at the CNWS; it contains 20 miles of paved, city-like roadway grids, buildings and other urban infrastructure. Honda believes it will be providing a realistic environment that will help accelerate the development of automated and connected vehicle technologies.
The CNWS was officially closed in 2007 and is currently in the process of being transferred to the City of Concord.
The public will not have access to the test-bed site, and the automated vehicle testing will be restricted to GoMentum Station.
For its testing and development, Honda will use modified versions of Acura’s flagship RLX sedan.