TOKYO (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co Ltd on Thursday mentioned it’s going to promote a restricted batch of its flagship Legend sedan outfitted with stage 3 autonomous driving know-how that permits automobiles to navigate congested highways.
When the extent 3 “Visitors Jam Pilot” is activated, a driver can watch motion pictures or use the navigation on the display, serving to to mitigate fatigue and stress when driving in a visitors jam, Honda mentioned in an announcement.
The Japanese automaker’s plan to promote 100 of the automobiles with the superior know-how would characterize a big step in direction of its purpose of being the primary firm to mass produce a automotive with stage 3 know-how.
The Legend’s “Visitors Jam Pilot” system can management acceleration, braking and steering beneath sure situations.
It could possibly additionally alert the driving force to reply when handing over the management, equivalent to vibration on the driving force’s seatbelt, Honda mentioned. And if the driving force continues to be unresponsive, the system will help with an emergency cease by decelerating and stopping the car whereas alerting surrounding automobiles with hazard lights and the horn, it added.
The announcement comes after the Japanese authorities awarded a security certification to Honda’s “Visitors Jam Pilot” in November.
World automakers and tech corporations, together with Google mum or dad Alphabet (NASDAQ:) Inc’s Waymo and Tesla (NASDAQ:) Inc, have been investing closely in autonomous driving.
But even because the know-how advances, rules on autonomous driving differ from nation to nation. Audi unveiled an A8 sedan with stage 3 know-how in 2017 however regulatory hurdles have prevented it from being broadly launched.
The restricted version Legend might be offered from Friday in Japan at a retail value of 11 million yen ($103,000), Honda mentioned.
The automaker has no plans to extend manufacturing or gross sales of a stage 3-equipped Legend for now, its working officer informed reporters on Thursday.
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