• Honda joins basically the rest of the auto industry, including Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, and Tesla, in realizing that self-driving cars could be significantly safer and less expensive to operate than human-driven vehicles. The permit allows Honda to test its vehicle on public California streets.
  • Honda previously built a self-driving prototype in an Acura SUV, but since then it's been quiet about its autonomous ambitions.
  • In related news, Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo all said in a statement to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that autonomous braking systems would "become the norm in their new cars."

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