Honda Sensing™ is Common Sense
Remember when your parents implored you to “use some common sense”? The ability to think and behave reasonably, and to make good decisions, is not only crucial to civilized society but also is at the core of automotive technology today.
At Honda, this automotive technology comes in the form of Honda Sensing™, a suite of passive safety and driver-assist features available on select new Honda vehicles.
Honda Sensing™ technology benefits drivers by providing greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle. Specific features include the following:
Collision Mitigation Braking System™
A radar unit and monocular camera scan forward traffic conditions. When the system determines a collision is possible with a detected vehicle, the integrated Forward Collision Warning system’s visual and audible alerts prompt the driver to take corrective actions. If the situation is not resolved, CMBS can apply different levels of autonomous braking action to help reduce vehicle speed and eventual collision forces, and therefore to help reduce the severity of a collision if the driver doesn’t take corrective action on his own.
Forward Collision Warning (integrated with CMBS)
Forward Collision Warning uses the monocular camera to detect vehicles ahead and to determine whether a collision is likely. This reduces the stress of driving in traffic, while also contributing to an increased level of passive safety. If the system detects a vehicle and determines that a collision may occur (due to a speed differential between the two vehicles), it will trigger visual and audible alerts for the driver.
Lane Keeping Assist System
This technology provides a less-stressful driving experience by reducing the need for steering correction movements and driving effort on the highway. LKAS uses a camera to read lane markings and uses the Electric Power Steering to assist the driver in maintaining the vehicle’s position within the lane.
Road Departure Mitigation
Integrating Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation uses a monocular camera to identify lane features and identifies the lane. If Road Departure Mitigation determines the vehicle is about to leave a detected lane, it will provide steering assist (primary) and braking assist (in rare occasions when steering assist is not sufficient to avoid leaving a lane marked by a solid line) to help the driver stay on the road.
Lane Departure Warning (integrated with RDM)
Lane Departure Warning is designed to alert the driver if the vehicle is leaving a detected lane without the turn signal being activated. The system functions at speeds from 45 to 90 mph on straight or slightly curved roads, alerting the driver of deviations from a detected lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
Adaptive Cruise Control allows the driver to set a desired speed and following interval from a vehicle detected ahead, allowing the use of cruise control in light traffic conditions. This significantly reduces the driver stress of driving in traffic. Low-Speed Follow extends the automatic following capability to stop-and-go traffic situations (down to 0 mph).
These technologies aren’t meant to relieve a human of the responsibilities associated with driving a car; rather, they offer a non-stop support system to help drivers safely navigate to their destinations. Honda Sensing™ is common sense.