Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday that it will test a sports car powered by a self-driving system that will run on off-roading dirt roads.
The sporty SUV, called the Honda Ridgeline, is the first to run the system.
Honda has tested a handful of off- road driving vehicles and a driverless system in the past, but this is the latest of its high-end sports cars to use the technology.
The car was tested on a highway in the San Fernando Valley of California.
Honda said it had a hard time navigating the narrow highway.
It’s not clear if the car will be sold outside of the United States.
Honda said the company expects to sell between 300,000 and 400,000 Ridgelines per year in the United Kingdom and Europe.
The company has invested billions in the development of autonomous driving technology, but has struggled to convince consumers to buy its vehicles.
The Honda Ridceline is powered by an all-new, all-electric powertrain that Honda said will have a range of about 150 miles, but that will increase with more use.
It has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces between 600 horsepower and 800 horsepower and a range that extends to about 200 miles.
Hindenburg’s new hybrid system, dubbed Hybrid Drive, uses a battery system, electric motor and radar sensors to detect objects, make turns and brake to maintain the car’s speed.
It is powered using a hydrogen fuel cell.
Henderson said Hybrid Drive will be able to drive from point A to point B on dirt roads, without the need for a driver.
He said the technology will allow the Ridglers to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds.
Hondersley said the Ridcline will be available in 2019.
He also said that the company has developed software to detect when the car is in motion, such as when a person is in the car.
“The technology we’re going to be releasing will be completely autonomous,” Henderson said.
“We are going to release that in a year or two.”
The technology will be powered by the new electric powertrain, but will be upgraded to use hydrogen fuel cells.
He would not say when it would be available.
Happily for Honda, it has a history of putting out reliable vehicles.
It made a sporty sports car in 2014, a concept car in 2016, and a luxury sedan in 2017.
The Ridgles were also the subject of an Audi media ad that aired during the 2016 presidential election.