Honda launches world’s first level 3 self-driving car

Honda Motor will on Friday launch a new car equipped with the world’s first certified level 3 autonomous driving technology, paving the way for the automobile industry to gear up efforts to commercialize such automation for passenger vehicles…

The new model’s Traffic Jam Pilot system was approved by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in November. It can free drivers from driving in congested traffic on an expressway when travelling slower than 50 kilometers per hour.

The system automatically accelerates, brakes and steers while monitoring the vehicle’s surroundings, using data from high-definition mapping and external sensors.

The driver, meanwhile, can enjoy the vehicle’s infotainment using the navigation screen but must respond to the system’s request for a handover when the vehicle speeds up after the traffic jam eases.