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Honda thinks it will be the first to get to level three

by on12 November 2020

If it can kill the fat monster with the shotgun

Japan's Honda Motor said it will be the world's first automaker to mass produce sensor-packed level 3 autonomous cars that will allow drivers to let their vehicles navigate congested expressway traffic.

Honda is planning to launch sales of a Honda Legend (luxury sedan) equipped with the newly approved automated driving equipment before the end of March 2021,

Self driving cars are a key technology battleground for automakers, with technology companies such as Google parent Alphabet investing billions of dollars in a field expected to boost car sales.

Japan's government earlier in the day awarded a safety certification to Honda's autonomous "Traffic Jam Pilot" driving technology, which legally allow drivers to take their eyes off the road.

Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said in the announcement that self driving cars were expected to play a big role in helping reduce traffic accidents, provide transportation for the elderly, and improve logistics.

There are six levels of vehicle autonomy, from 0 to 5, ranging from manual cars or those with simple functions such as cruise control to fully self driving vehicles that would not need steering wheels, or brake and acceleration pedals.

Last modified on 13 November 2020
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