2021 Honda Legend fitted with enhanced Sensing advanced driver-assist launched as world’s first production car with Level 3 self-driving tech.
The Honda Legend with Level 3 self-driving tech is currently available only in domestic-market, Japan.
Japan is the only country that has approved cars with Level 3 self-driving to drive on its road.
The all-new Legend EX’s Level 3 self-driving system is parts of Honda’s enhanced Sensing advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS).
And with SAE Level 3 tech, the Legend can to make decisions on its own based on the situation at hand. This will allow driver’s hands off the wheel, as well as take their eyes off the road for a short time.
This freedom, granted under the Honda Sensing Elite’s Traffic Jam Pilot function, allows car to maintain its distance, speed and lane position. It is also smart enough to handle lane changes on its own.
While the car is doing this without any input from the driver, Honda says the driver can :
“Watch television/DVD on the navigation screen or operate the navigation system to search for a destination address.”
Just like the lower Level 2 Autopilot driver-assist currently used in Tesla cars, drivers still needs to be ready to take back control of the car at any moment.
Should the driver fails to take back control of the ride, the semi-autonomous system is smart enough to bring the Honda Legend to a safe stop on the outermost lane.
Unfortunately, the 2021 Honda Legend with Level 3 self-driving tech is currently available only in domestic-market, Japan, as it is the only country that has approved it.
For now, the level 3 flagship Honda Legend would be limited to a batch of just 100 copies in Japan. It has a retail price of 11 million yen ($102,000).
Level 4 and Level 5 are even more advanced than Level 3 self-driving tech. With Level 4, cars can operate on their own within set conditions, but Level 5 is what all automakers are aiming for.
At Level 5, a self-driving car can drive to any destination and make its own decisions on the way while you sleep all through the journey