What is Honda Sensing?
When a person is behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, the most important function they must perform is staying aware of their surroundings while simultaneously keeping the vehicle under control. Unfortunately, there is an endless list of things that are fighting very hard to distract drivers. Honda is committed to providing its customers with the safest possible vehicles it can produce. In addition to providing cars and SUVs with excellent safety scores, Honda has been working on the Honda Sensing system to help drivers stay out of accidents by supplementing their situational awareness. So, What is Honda Sensing and which vehicles have it?
According to Honda: Honda Sensing is a “new suite of driver-assisted technologies (which) can help you sense things you might miss while driving. In some cases, they can even help you avoid a collision or mitigate its severity.“
*Despite the capabilities of Honda Sensing, the driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions.
Honda Models Currently Featuring Honda Sensing
Honda Sensing is made up of four different systems that work together in a number of ways to help drivers stay out of trouble. The individual elements of Honda Sensing include Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Collision Mitigation Braking System. In order to give Allan Nott customers a better idea of how Honda Sensing works and instill owner confidence, we are going to explain each portion without using complicated jargon.
Lane Keeping Assist is a very straightforward idea. The system uses a camera mounted behind the rear view mirror of equipped Honda vehicles. From there, the camera reads markings on the road including painted lines, installed dots and cat’s eyes to determine the vehicle’s position. If the Lake Keeping Assist system sense that the vehicle is getting to closer to a barrier or is in danger of leaving the intended lane of travel without a turn signal activated, a series of warnings will begin. In the event a driver doesn’t take corrective action, the system will start to apply the brakes. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Drivers can use the Display Audio interface to set customized parameters.
When traveling on the highway way, one of the most important things a driver must do is maintain a safe distance between them and the vehicle ahead. A number of different factors can come into play to make this difficult. Adaptive Cruise Control has been developed as a sophisticated convenience feature to help take some of the pressure off of the drive. It is important to note that Adaptive Cruise Control is not to be considered a safety feature. Once the system is properly set, the system can lightly apply the brakes in needed instances but it is not built to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Drivers will be able to activate and control the settings for Adaptive Cruise Control system from steering wheel mounted controls.
Even if the person behind the wheel of a Honda vehicle equipped with Honda Sensing is a perfect driver, there are still other people to contend with. Forward Collision Warning is an automated system that is like a second set of eyes looking out of the vehicle. Information fed into Forward Collision Warning starts with the same camera used for Lane Keeping Assist. At speed, if the vehicle senses there is a possibility that a collision will occur, a series of warning will sound. There is yet another layer of capability to be had with Forward Collision Warning, if the driver fails to promptly take action, the vehicle will automatically apply brake pressure.
Of the subsystems that comprise Honda Sensing, Collision Mitigation Braking System is the big shot. This is the system that adds the extra layer of security to the rest of the systems of Honda Sensing by allowing the vehicle to autonomously lower speed. Collision Mitigation Braking uses the camera behind the rearview mirror and an on-board millimeter wave radar sensor to determine the distance from the front of the vehicle to traffic ahead. The system has a max range of a little more than 100 yards and uses a progression of steps to do its best to prevent a collision. While the system is designed to apply the brakes to create separation, if the situation presents itself where a collision cannot be avoided, Collision Mitigation Braking will work to lessen the impact as much as possible.
If you would like to see Honda Sensing in action, contact an Allan Nott sales professional today and schedule a test drive.