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Honda to debut Japan's first 'eyes-off' self-driving car next year

Price tag of around $91,000 likely to be hurdle for Level-3 autonomous Legend

Honda's first Level-3 self-driving car, based on the luxury Legend model shown here in this 2014 photo, will give the person in the driver's seat a "hands-free" ride.  (Photo by Masayuki Terazawa)

TOKYO -- Honda Motor will release a car next summer that can pilot itself with a driver's hands off the wheel and eyes off the road -- a first for a Japanese automaker, Nikkei has learned.

The partial self-driving technology will be incorporated into the Legend, Honda's flagship luxury model. The car is expected to retail for around 10 million yen ($91,000), which would make it 40% more expensive than the standard model.

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