While Waymo’s pilot program vans are operating at Level 4 and Tesla’s Autopilot feature is Level 2, according to, Honda wants to be the first to bring Level 3 autonomy to mass-production cars and make it common. That’s where the Traffic Jam Pilot system comes in. The system, which was very recently certified for use on public roads in Japan, will be equipped on Honda Legend models beginning in March of 2021.
If that sounds soon, that’s because it is. What, exactly, is Level 3 autonomy, though? According to the SAE, a Level 3 system is capable of conditional autonomy. In Honda’s case, it’s meant to be used in traffic on highways. An example of a system that’s close to Level 3 in functionality would be, which allows its drivers to operate their vehicles hands-free but uses a camera to monitor whether a driver is paying attention when doing so. Honda’s system would have to go a step further.
Other companies have attempted to bring, but so far the tech hasn’t been approved for use on US roads. It’s unclear when or even if Honda would bring this tech to the US, but if it could do so and keep costs down (which is likely, because this is Honda we’re talking about), the implications could be significant.
Honda didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment.