TOKYO (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co Ltd unveiled on Thursday a restricted batch of its flagship Legend sedan this week, changing into the world’s first carmaker to promote a automobile geared up with licensed stage 3 self-driving expertise.

Lease gross sales of the extent 3 Legend can be restricted to 100 automobiles at a retail worth of 11 million yen ($102,000). However Japan’s No.2 automaker is stepping up its recreation in self-driving expertise as international opponents intention for absolutely autonomous automobiles.


There are totally different ranges of automation, from ranges 0 to five, in accordance with the Society of Automotive Engineers and most automakers.

Degree 3, often known as conditional driving automation, includes automated options which permit drivers to interact in actions behind the wheel, similar to watching motion pictures or utilizing smartphones – however underneath restricted circumstances – whereas their automotive navigates expressway visitors.

Moreover Honda, a number of automakers together with Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz have mentioned they’re able to deploy Degree 3 techniques for freeway driving.


Ranges 0 to 2 contain driver assist options similar to automated braking techniques and lane departure warnings that must be supervised by a driver. Legal responsibility for automobile behaviour rests with the automotive proprietor quite than the producer.

Most international automakers that develop autonomous driving expertise similar to Normal Motors Co , Volvo and Toyota Motor Corp, at present provide automobiles geared up with a stage 2 automation system. This implies automobiles can speed up, brake and steer with out driver enter, however drivers are required to stay engaged always.

A stage 5 automobile, then again, is absolutely autonomous and might navigate roads with none human consideration in all circumstances.


Honda’s stage 3 “Site visitors Jam Pilot” system makes use of knowledge from 3D high-definition maps and a world navigation satellite tv for pc system for automobile management, in addition to a dozen of exterior sensors to detect the automotive’s environment.

The system can alert the motive force to reply when handing over the management, for instance by way of vibration on the motive force’s seatbelt.

And if the motive force is unresponsive, the system will help with an emergency cease by decelerating and stopping the automobile whereas alerting surrounding automobiles with hazard lights and the horn.

Honda simulated round 10 million patterns of attainable real-world conditions, and performed a large variety of demonstration exams on highways to create safe-driving expertise, mentioned Hitoshi Aoki, the Legend’s growth supervisor.

($1 = 107.3300 yen)

(Reporting by Eimi Yamamitsu; modifying by Emelia Sithole)