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Car and Driver: Acura Testing Autonomous Driving Tech with This Gadget-Stuffed RLX Hybrid


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Second Generation Automated Acura RLX Development Vehicle

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Like so many other automakers, Acura is eager to show the public how it’s progressing on future autonomous-driving technologies. So it outfitted an Acura RLX hybrid with all sorts of equipment and sensors meant to enable more advanced testing of self-driving features.

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We can see some of the radar, Lidar, and GPS sensors on the car’s roof, along with new cameras. What we can’t see are the more advanced CPUs and GPUs, along with upgraded circuitry and cabling. All this helps the car run through more intelligent software algorithms to help each sensor and camera perform more accurately. The RLX is undergoing most of its testing at an autonomous-vehicle test track called GoMentum Station in Concord, California, near San Francisco.

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Acura’s end goal for developing self-driving tech is a bit vague, as the company says it plans to “introduce automated-driving technologies around 2020.” We should find out more about this plan in ensuing years, but it does roughly correspond to other companies like Nissan and Lexus, whose plans call for production cars with self-driving technology by 2020.

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