Honda makes safety one of its top priorities. After all, no matter how charming, fun to drive, or comfortable a vehicle is, it’s not the perfect set of wheels for you and your family if it’s not as safe as it could — or should — be! That’s why Honda, in addition to its already impressive collection of driver-assist features, has developed an exclusive and innovative suite of safety systems known as Honda Sensing®.
What is Honda Sensing®?
In Honda’s own words, “Sensing® is an intelligent suite of safety and driver-assist technologies designed to alert you to things you might miss while driving.” And what are those things? Straying from your lane on the highway is one. Leaving the road unintentionally is another. The engineers at Honda know that even good drivers can be distracted for a moment, even if they’re careful—and sometimes that moment is all it takes for an accident to occur.
Let’s break down its components to better understand how Honda Sensing® works to keep you and your passengers safer on the road.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
It’s easy to drift into another lane while driving on the highway, especially given the fact that you’re having to divide your attention between watching the traffic ahead, checking your side and rearview mirrors, and monitoring your speed. LDW senses when those lane changes begin to happen then flashes alerts and sounds off to warn you to correct course.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Honda’s Sensing won’t just warn you when you’re leaving your lane; it will actually correct the steering to keep you centered in the lane you’re driving in unless you use your turn signal to indicate that you’re purposely about to change lanes.
Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
We all know we shouldn’t drive when we’re drowsy or very upset, and in a perfect world, we wouldn’t ever do either one. Still, an estimated 20% of vehicle crashes are the result of drowsy driving. Whatever the circumstance that might cause a drift off the road, Honda’s RDM is there to help make sure it doesn’t happen. When this system senses the vehicle departing from the road without a turn signal being activated, it both alerts and aids you. The steering wheel will vibrate rapidly to get your attention, while also providing some mild steering and braking input to slow you down and keep you on the road.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Yes, you’ve heard of cruise control, but adaptive cruise control is reinventing the wheel, almost literally. Not only does ACC help you maintain a set speed, but it also sets a distance between you and the next vehicle on the highway. When that vehicle slows down, so too does your Honda while also keeping that set, safe distance. And if you’re driving around town, it also provides “low-speed following” capabilities to make your travels a bit easier and more convenient.
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
This handy safety feature can actually sense a collision and start braking your vehicle before it’s too late. And integrated within this safety system is another feature called Forward Collision Warning (FCW), which employs a small camera mounted at the top of the windshield to detect vehicles in front of you. If the FCW detects that the vehicle ahead is getting too close, it activates both audio and visual alerts to warn you of an impending collision. If you don’t act, the CMBS system will automatically apply the brakes for you.
Optional Safety Technology Included in Honda Sensing®
Other safety features included in the Honda Sensing® safety suite are LaneWatch™, which is a camera-enhanced view on the passenger side-view mirror that offers 400% better visibility than an ordinary mirror. There’s also a unique feature on the rearview camera that alerts you if a car is approaching from either side—and it’s a great way to avoid parking lot “fender benders”! And finally, how about automatic high beams? That’s right—when you’re driving with low beams on and the dial is set on auto, the lights will automatically go to high beam intensity when conditions warrant the switch.
Which Honda Vehicles Have Sensing® Technology?
Here’s the good news: you don’t always have to upgrade to get Honda Sensing® technology. It comes standard on many 2017 and 2018 Honda models, including the following:
- 2017 Accord Hybrid
- 2017 CR-V EX
- 2017 Clarity (both electric and fuel cell models)
- 2018 Fit EX and EX-L models
Stay Safe & Shop at Our Car Dealerships in Riviera Beach, FL
Leave it to Honda to take safety to the next level, and leave it to our Riviera Beach dealerships to help you find the ideal ride! Head into one of our South Florida Honda Dealers around Miami and Hollywood, FL to test drive any fully equipped Honda cars, crossovers, trucks, or minivans we have in stock. First, we’ll show you how Honda Sensing makes each model safer on the road. Then, you’ll fall in love. It’s that simple.
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