Honda to partner with AI firm SenseTime on automated driving

Honda has signed an agreement with Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) company SenseTime to partner on developing automated driving technologies.

The partnership will pair Honda’s vehicle control system with SenseTime’s AI algorithms to create an autonomous driving solution.

SenseTime is known for its moving object recognition technologies. By harnessing computer vision technologies, say the partners, an autonomous driving solution can be used even without high-resolution maps, allowing a vehicle to operate in self-driving mode in a wider range of driving conditions.

The joint research and development partnership will look at how AI algorithms can be applied for automated driving systems, helping vehicles to better understand the driving environment, anticipate the likely behaviour of other road users and decide on the necessary actions to take.

“Safety is the utmost 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.”