Japanese auto giant Honda recently introduced the all-new, ‘Honda Legend’ which is apparently the world’s most advanced self-driving car. Honda Legend will be equipped with an advanced driving assistance system, Honda Sensing Elite, which will be powered by SAE Level 3 self-driving technology.
The news indeed came as a big surprise as usually names like Tesla, Waymo, Audi, Mercedes come to our mind when we talk about autonomous tech.
Anyway, with this announcement Honda proved itself to be a strong contender for the leadership of self-driving technology.
More About Honda Legend And Its Self Driving Tech
Initially, Honda will manufacture a batch of 100 units for sale in Japan only. Later, as per the response, the automaker will increase production. In Japan, the price of Honda Legend will start at 11 million yen ($101,500).
What Honda Sensing Elite Will Be Capable Of?
Unlike in Tesla that requires a driver to always put their hands on steering while moving in autopilot mode, you will not be required to do so on a Honda Legend.
With this level 3 autonomous technology, the car will be able to make decisions on its own based on the conditions. Sometimes it won’t even require the driver to put their hands on the steering wheel.
The new Hyundai Sensing Elite will give the self-driving tech control over steering, brakes, and throttle.
However, in certain conditions, the car will alert the driver to take over control and if the driver doesn’t do it then the car will stop in a safe spot.
So basically, the car will be able to perform the following actions:
- Adaptive In Lane Driving: This will allow the car to drive in lanes while maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles. The system maintains the pre-set speed, distance as well as lane.
- Active Lane Change With Hands-Off Function: If the car notices that the vehicle moving ahead is slowing down, then the system detects it and assists in switching the lane and overtakes the vehicle. After that, it comes back to its original lane.
- Traffic Jam Pilot: If there’s traffic congestion, then under Adaptive lane driving, the system takes control of the acceleration, braking, and steering. This way, the driver can relax and do other activities like streaming a video or using a cell phone.
- Emergency Stop Assist: There will be conditions when the driver has to take control of the car. Under such cases, the system will alert and notify the driver to take control. However, if the driver does not respond to the warnings, the system will start decelerating while monitoring the surroundings, and it will stop at the farthest lane of the road or simply at a safer spot.
Honda said in its press release that “approximately 10 million patterns of possible real-world situations were simulated during system development, and real-world demonstration tests were conducted on expressways for a total of approximately 1.3 million kilometres (800,000 miles).”
Tesla is one of the very few automakers that set the trend for electric vehicles and autonomous driving technology. The automaker has been developing self-driving technology for a long time now.
However, due to the rules and regulations in many other countries, electric cars with level 3 hardware are not allowed to run on the roads; hence, Tesla is yet to launch its cars with a fully developed level 3 system in it.
This also gives Honda an edge over Tesla and other automakers in terms of self-driving technology.
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