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Acura’s self-driving RLX prototype gets a major upgrade

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Honda is stepping up its self-driving game with a second-generation autonomous prototype that will be unleashed in California this year.

The new test vehicle is much sleeker than the automated RLX unveiled last year, thanks to a lower-profile LiDAR sensor that replaces the spinning turret mounted to the roof of the previous car.

Honda says the entire suite of sensors — which also includes radar, cameras, and GPS — is new, along with virtually everything else.

The RLX also boasts higher-performance CPUs and GPUs, with improved cabling, heat management, and circuitry, according to Honda.

Radar is good at detecting the relative speed and position of objects, while cameras are better at identifying objects based on size and shape, Honda notes.

While Apple s car plans are still quite opaque, Honda says its test program is part of a plan to put self-driving technology into production by 2020.

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