With the introduction of the new “Sensing Elite” system, Honda announced that it will deliver its future products to customers with third-level car technology. The hybrid version of the luxury and ceremonial Legend sedan, which is available in other markets under the Akura logo under the name RLX, is the first model to be equipped with this advanced driver assistance system.
According to Honda, initially only a limited number of Legend Hybrid EX sedans will be equipped with the Sensing Elite system. This system will be available to interested customers as a lease from March 5 (March 6).
In order to achieve the third level of car technology (L3), Honda has installed several sensors in the Legend Hybrid body panels. Inside the cabin, there are special lights that, in conjunction with the 12.3-inch display, provide information about the overall performance of the Sensing Elite system and current driving conditions.
Honda has already obtained all the necessary permits for the Traffic Jam Pilot system from government officials. This system, which is part of the Sensing Elite system, allows the driver to remove his hands from the steering wheel in certain situations.
Honda’s innovative system uses three-dimensional HD maps and GNSS satellite systems to pinpoint the location and status of the road ahead. The next step is to scan multiple sensors around the car and extract a 360-degree model of the surroundings. A camera constantly monitors the driver and his level of concentration.
Honda claims to have developed the Sensing Elite system on the highway and estimated its performance at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers. In addition, Honda engineers have tested the simulation and performance of nearly 10 million possible real-world patterns that may be created in the Sensing Elite system.
The system is equipped with features such as automatic lane change (both with and without driver approval), driving and rerouting without the need for driver intervention on the highway, as well as gaining control of the vehicle in heavy traffic.
Honda’s new system is programmed to stop the car safely if the driver does not respond appropriately to the driver’s command to take control of the vehicle.
This will be accompanied by a warning to other passing cars – by honking and turning on the four guides. Interestingly, if the Sensing Elite system detects in a similar scenario that the road has sufficient margins, it will stop the car lanes there by safely switching.