Honda launches luxury sedan with world’s first level 3 automating system
Honda Motor Co. has rolled out its new luxury sedan Legend equipped with a level 3 semi-autonomous driving system that allows drivers to detach their hands from the steering wheel while navigating.
The feature lets drivers check smartphones while on the road and retake control of the vehicle if needed.
Other features are the automated driving function that can be utilized when expressways are congested and driving speeds are reduced to 50 kph or less.
The automated system will guide all the driving operations.
The Legend is equipped with five sensors called LiDAR or Light Detection and Ranging, which uses laser light for the first time in commercially available cars. The system also has five radar devices and two cameras.
The LiDAR can ascertain vehicle location and surroundings in detail while using those devices and 3D-mapping data and information provided by Michibiki, a quasi-zenith satellites system.
The Legend will initially be priced at $102,000, including tax.