Honda Motor said on Thursday that it will sell a limited edition of its flagship legendary sedan equipped with Level 3 autonomous driving technology that will enable the car to drive on congested highways.
Honda said in a statement that when Level 3 “Traffic Jam Pilot” is activated, the driver can watch movies or use on-screen navigation, thereby reducing fatigue and stress during driving.
The Japanese automaker plans to sell 100 cars with advanced technology, which is an important step towards becoming the first company to mass produce cars with level 3 technology.
Honda says it can also remind the driver to react when handing over controls, such as vibrations on the driver’s seat belt. Moreover, if the driver is still unresponsive, the system will assist the emergency stop by slowing down and stopping the vehicle, while warning surrounding cars with hazard lights and horns.
The news was released after the Japanese government granted safety certification to Honda’s Traffic Jam Pilot in November.
Global automakers and technology companies, including Google’s parent company Alphabet’s Waymo and Tesla, have been investing heavily in autonomous driving.
Even with the advancement of technology, the regulations for autonomous driving vary from country to country. Audi launched the A8 sedan with Level 3 technology in 2017, but due to regulatory obstacles, Audi has not been widely adopted.
Honda said that the limited edition Legend will be sold in Japan starting Friday, with a retail price of 11 million yen (approximately 7.5 million rupees).
The automaker told reporters on Thursday that it currently has no plans to increase the production or sales of legendary cars equipped with Class III.
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