Honda is planning to launch sales of a Honda Legend equipped with the newly approved automated driving equipment before the end of the current fiscal year. - Photo via Depositphotos.

Honda is planning to launch sales of a Honda Legend equipped with the newly approved automated driving equipment before the end of the current fiscal year.

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Honda received the required type designation for Level 3 automated driving from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the company announced.

This approval enables the automated driving system to drive the vehicle instead of the driver under certain conditions, such as when the vehicle is in congested traffic on expressway. Honda is planning to launch sales of a Honda Legend equipped with the newly approved automated driving equipment before the end of the current fiscal year.

To promote commercialization of Level 3 automated vehicles, the MLIT partially amended the Road Vehicle Act, and the revised act took effect April 1. By this amendment, equipment for Level 3 automated driving was newly added to the list of motor vehicle equipment subject to the safety standards.

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