Honda Motor unveils a new car with the world’s first approved level 3 autonomous driving systems, clearing the path for the auto industry to ramp up attempts to commercialize such automation for passenger vehicles.
In November, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism authorized the new model’s Traffic Jam Pilot system.
It can help drivers avoid being stuck in congested traffic on a highway by traveling less than 50 kilometers per hour.
Using data from high-definition maps and external sensors, the system automatically accelerates, brakes, and steers while monitoring the vehicle’s surroundings.
Meanwhile, the driver can use the navigation screen to enjoy the car’s infotainment but must respond to the system’s call for a handover when the vehicle accelerates up after the traffic jam clears.