Honda Motor Co. has started testing vehicles on public roads in China utilizing autonomous driving technology from AutoX, a startup backed by Chinese tech giant Alibaba.
The first two vehicles deployed under the test are the Accord and Inspire sedans, Honda said this month.
The test will allow Honda to “deepen understanding of China’s traffic environment, establish the public acceptance and safety of autonomous driving technology, as well as to seek new autonomous driving technology solutions,” AutoX said.
The testing will be carried out in the most densely populated cities in China, AutoX said, without identifying the cities.
AutoX, a leading Chinese autonomous driving technology developer, launched a fully driverless robotaxi fleet in Shenzhen in January.
It is also testing robotaxis in Shanghai and the central China city of Wuhan.
Honda is the second largest Japanese carmaker in China following Toyota Motor Corp.
In 2020, it delivered more than 1.62 million vehicles in the market, an increase of 4.7 percent from a year earlier.