Honda said, “Level 3 autonomous driving technology wins!”
Honda is going to upgrade its technology so that it can operate level 3 autonomous driving even at the legal speed (100-120km/h) of highways. Honda aims to zero the death rate of traffic accidents related to cars and motorcycles worldwide by 2050 through autonomous driving technology.
In March 2021, Honda introduced the world’s first sedan “Legend” with level 3 autonomous driving technology only for 100 units. Honda’s Level 3 autonomous driving system, “Traffic Jam Pilot,” can operate in congested sections under 30 km/h on highways and can only be used within 50 km/h.
According to Reuters, Honda engineer Mahito Shikama told reporters, “We believe that pursuing level 3 autonomous driving technology can help reduce accidents.” However, he did not respond to the specific timing of mass production.
Autonomous driving level 3 is a conditional automation step, which means that the vehicle runs on its own on a specific road and section in the vehicle system. Release of the steering wheel does not sound a warning tone and does not require the front view to be fixed.
Earlier in May this year, Mercedes-Benz launched a drive pilot service, a level 3 autonomous driving system, for S-Class and EQS in Germany. It can drive autonomously up to 60km/h. In Korea, the Genesis G90 equipped with a level 3 autonomous driving system will be released in the first half of next year.