Honda Motor revealed on Thursday a partially self-driving Legend sedan in Japan, becoming the world’s first carmaker to sell a vehicle equipped with new certified level 3 automation technology.
The launch of the level 3 flagship Legend would be limited to a batch of 100 in Japan, at a retail price of $102,000.
“Still, the new automation technology is a big step towards eliminating human error-induced accidents,” chief engineer Yoichi Sugimoto told reporters.
The Legend’s “Traffic Jam Pilot” system can control acceleration, braking and steering under certain conditions.
Once the system is activated, a driver can also watch movies or use the navigation on the screen, helping to mitigate fatigue and stress when driving in a traffic jam, Honda said in a statement.
It can alert the driver to respond when handing over the control, such as vibration on the driver’s seatbelt, the carmaker said. And if the driver continues to be unresponsive, the system will assist with an emergency stop by decelerating and stopping the vehicle while alerting surrounding cars with hazard lights and the horn, it added.
The announcement comes after the Japanese government awarded a safety certification to Honda’s “Traffic Jam Pilot” in November.