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Honda Japan plans to include (partial) self-driving features on its high end "Legend" sedan in summer 2020. The selling price is projected to be ~40% higher than the current standard model.

This development parallels Japanese rules that allow the use of autonomous driving, at a "level 3" (on a 5-scale score) than the U.S. allows.
Level 3 laws/approval means it's acceptable for the driver to take their eyes off the road and do other tasks while the car drives.

https://investorplace.com/2019/12/honda-self-driving-car-debuting-next-summer/
https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/honda-self-driving-car-japan-how-much-costs
https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/honda-self-driving-car-technology-japan/
 

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Level 3 laws/approval means it's acceptable for the driver to take their eyes off the road and do other tasks while the car drives.
I wonder if Honda will get sued when accidents happen...
 

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I wonder if Honda will get sued when accidents happen...
At least in the US, the NHTSA acknowledges that insurance coverages and liability for crashes need to be addressed by policymakers before fully automated vehicles are made available in the US. - https://www.nhtsa.gov/technology-innovation/automated-vehicles-safety

In addition to insurance for liability and physical damage, manufacturers will also have responsibility for cybersecurity, legal and regulatory compliance, component suppliers, and technology errors and omissions. But insurance fraud should also decrease, as it's difficult to lie about the details when the car’s computers record everything.

TBD if Honda will follow, but one model for this is to do as Tesla is doing by rolling out insurance designed specifically for its vehicle. "Because Tesla knows its vehicles best, Tesla Insurance is able to leverage the advanced technology, safety, and serviceability of our cars to provide insurance at a lower cost." - https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/18/tes...rance-business-it-may-not-save-you-money.html

Some infographics on the different levels of autonomous driving are below. KBB refers to "Level 3" the tipping point for autonomous driving:





 

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Anybody think self driving hardware will be available to be installed on cars not built with it once the whole self driving “thing” gets sorted out?

I think it’s totally doable.. would be so cool to have it on our cars..
 

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I’m really eager to see YouTube videos of the Honda Legend with the autonomous driving once it’s released in spring 2021 or summer. Perhaps some of you have seen the latest Tesla FSD beta update videos and it’s pretty amazing. I’m wondering if Honda can beat it.If Hondas level III autonomous driving is real good, I won’t have to jump to Tesla for self driving.
 
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