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Honda to launch world's first Level 3 autonomous vehicle in Japan in early 2021

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November 12, 2020
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by Josh Kern
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The Honda Legend sedan, which the automaker plans to release by March 2021, will be the first vehicle that allows drivers to experience "hands-off, eyes-off" autonomous driving. While Audi attempted to release a Level 3 vehicle in 2018, it never received government approval to actually enable the feature. By contrast, Honda received a certification from the Japanese government that will legally allow drivers to utilize the feature. The feature will only be available on Japan's expressways at first, and drivers will need to be ready to take over control if the system prompts them to. Level 3 autonomous vehicles will be difficult to scale, as most national governments have yet to standardize the requirements for certifying such features.

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