Reviews Japan. The Honda manufacturer launches a very autonomous car

18:00  18 march  2021
18:00  18 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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La Honda Legend Hybrid EX. © Issei Kato, Reuters The Honda Legend Hybrid EX.

Honda launched in Japan the marketing of the first car in the world equipped with an approved level 3 advanced autonomous driving system. Last November,

Honda obtained the green light from the Japanese Ministry of Transport for its "Traffic" system. Jam Pilot ”, allowing autonomous driving under certain conditions, for example when the vehicle is traveling in a traffic jam on a fast lane.

This was the first homologation in the world for a level 3 autonomous driving system (the international benchmark ranges from 0 to 5).

The Traffic Jam Pilot is integrated into the new Honda Legend Hybrid EX sedan, among other stand-alone features. To develop these systems, the group simulated around 10 million models of possible real-life situations and carried out tests on around 1.3 million kilometers of expressways.

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Very limited series

As a precaution, Honda has only released this new model in 100 copies, at Japan immediately, and exclusively on long-term rental with option to buy (leasing). Price of the car: 11 million yen (€ 85,200).

Perceived as the future of transportation, research into autonomous vehicles is the subject of massive investment by many manufacturers around the world. Honda is also associated with the American General Motors in this area.

However, many regulatory and legal obstacles still need to be lifted before we see cars driving around without a driver, experts say. But road regulations are starting to evolve to allow level 3.

In the midst of accelerated demographic aging, Japan intends to play a major role in autonomous vehicles to cope with the growing problem of road accidents caused by elderly drivers.

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