Although there will only be 100 units produced, and only available in Japan, it will be the first level 3 autonomous vehicle to market.
The US$100,000 vehicle will be available for lease with no plans to expand production at this time. The Traffic Jam Pilot, part of the Sensing Elite system offered by Honda helps reduced the amount input required by a driver. The goal is to reduce collisions as the vehicle can react faster then most drivers and mitigate severity in nearly every circumstance.
Level 3 is the first of 5 considered an automated driving system and is classified as “conditional automation”. The expected respondent is the driving system and not the driver. The 5 levels are:
- Level 1: Driver assistance
- Level 2: Partial automation
- Level 3: Conditional automation
- Level 4: Partial automation
- Level 5: Full automation
The Traffic Jam Pilot was awarded a safety certification by the Japanese government in November.
Read about Honda government certification https://global.honda/newsroom/news/2020/4201111eng.html
Read about the new Honda Legend https://global.honda/newsroom/news/2021/4210304eng-legend.html