Honda says it's going to offer Level 3 autonomy in the next-gen Legend sedan, and has already received the type designation from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).
This approval enables the automated driving system to drive the vehicle instead of the driver under certain conditions, such as when the vehicle is in congested traffic on expressway," the automaker said in a statement. "Honda is planning to launch sales of a Honda Legend equipped with the newly approved automated driving equipment ('Traffic Jam Pilot') before the end of the current fiscal year (Ending March 31, 2021)."
What Honda calls Traffic Jam Pilot means the sedan can perform driving tasks including lane changes, acceleration and braking, allowing drivers to take their eyes off the road. But the system still requires them to be able to assume control when needed. The Legend will be the first car in Japan the MLIT has certified for Level 3 operation, making this an important milestone for the automaker and for Japan.
Tesla autonomous driving is only on tests and development phase, one or 2 years before regulators approval.
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