Honda and Chinese A.I. startup, SenseTime, have entered an agreement to accelerate joint research and development of automated driving technologies and robotics.

Specifically, the partnership will integrate SenseTime’s AI hardware into Honda’s vehicle control system to create a self-driving solution for urban areas.

“Safety is the number one priority when it comes to driving, and it also constitutes the core of our autonomous driving solution,” said SenseTime Japan CEO Lao Shihong. “By combining SenseTime’s strengths in computer vision technologies with Honda’s superior vehicle control technologies, we will together enable a safe and pleasant autonomous driving experience. Moreover, the fact that SenseTime provides core technology to a global enterprise like Honda marks a milestone.”

Autonomous research and development by Honda and SenseTime will focus on three key areas: scene understanding, risk prediction, and action planning, with an emphasis on expert detection and predicted actions of pedestrians and vehicles.

Scene understanding will focus on tweaking AI algorithms to better estimate pedestrian and vehicle behaviors, predict risk, and decide on an action based on said risk prediction.

According to Honda, one goal of Honda’s 2030 Vision Strategy, a multi-year plan to electrify and make its vehicle lineup “smarter,” is to introduce Level 4 automation vehicles by 2020.

Level 4 classification is given to vehicles that could perform all driving functions in many scenarios, as opposed to the highest Level 5 classification rating for a system that self-operates in every driving scenario, including extreme weather.

SenseTime is a provider of facial recognition, augmented-reality, object recognition, deep learning, IoT devices, and other artificial intelligence and autonomous related technologies. Its customers comprise of government and private sector companies, including Hyawau, China Mobile, and JD.com, one of China’s largest online retailers, considered No. 2 to Alibaba. Earlier this year, it secured the largest private fundraising round for an AI startup with $410 million of Series B funding.

Founded in 2014, the company is now planning an IPO and a research and development center in the U.S. next year.