Honda Motor corporation Japan is a highly committed company when it comes to driver focused cars. The company has introduced world class systems such as Honda i-Vtec. The hybrid division and the Earth dreams division continuously develops engines that create less emissions and consume low fuel. Honda Officials are concerned about smart and efficient cars and hence they require safety for its customers. It is currently the world largest engine manufacturer.
Honda local and global initiatives are design to improve mobility, increase safety and protect the environment for future generations to come. The company has introduced some state of the art Road sensing technologies that we have explained in this article.
Honda’s commitment to safety is for everyone on the road. It is not limited to the needs of just car drivers but extends to passengers, and pedestrians.
Honda is pioneer in automobile safety research. Honda also has two of the world’s most advanced indoor crash safety research facilities. From a variety of tests Honda has developed Road safety features which it calls Honda Sensing.
Millimeter wave (mmWave) is a special class of radar technology that uses short wavelength electromagnetic waves. Radar systems transmit electromagnetic wave signals that objects in their path then reflect. By capturing the reflected signal, a radar system can determine the range, velocity and angle of the objects.
The millimetre wave radar is often located just beneath or below the front Honda logo. It is located in the lower centre region of the front bumper lower grille or to the side, below the front bumper side trim, on some models.
ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL (ACC) WITH LOW SPEED FOLLOW
Honda’s Adaptive Cruise Control is a masterpiece. It is design for use in traffic within cities as well as highways.
It uses mill wave radar technology to detect the speed and distance of vehicles in front. The Adaptive Cruise Control will automatically decelerate and accelerate your vehicle to maintain a safe following distance.
COLLISION MITIGATION BRAKING SYSTEM & FORWARD COLLISION WARNING
The Honda Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) uses radar technology to detect speed variations between vehicles or objects. It alerts the driver to potential frontal collisions in time. RFP or reactive force pedal is one of the key features so that the driver can reduce speed to mitigate a collision.
Mostly the system alerts in 3 ways, Visual, Audible and seat belt vibration.
If the CMBA detects that the collision is imminent, it automatically applies the emergency braking and the seatbelts are firmly retract to lessen impact and injury.
The Honda Forward Collision Warning System is integrated with the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). It uses a small camera, mounted at the top of the windshield. The camera determines if you are at risk of a collision with another vehicle. The system issues audible and visual signals, and will automatically apply brake pressure if the driver response is slow. It comes as CTBA in Honda Vezel RU3 and RU4 vehicles. Some Honda fits GP5 and GP6 also come with this feature.
LANE KEEP ASSIST SYSTEM (LKAS)
Honda’s Lane Keep Assist System is design to keep you from drifting out of your lane. The system works only at speeds of 70km/hr or above. It uses lane markings to determine the drive path.
If LKAS is activated and you move out of your lane without indicating, you’ll get visual and audible alerts. If there is any delay in reaction or no reaction, the steering will be automatically adjust to keep the car in lane.
Honda’s Lane Keep Assist System
Active Honda Sensing Safety Systems
HILL START ASSIST
Hill Start Assist (HSA) works by holding brake pressure when stopped on an incline or descent for a brief period of time. It reduces the stress level that a driver may go through in hilly areas. One of the benefits of this system is that the driver can move its foot from the brake pedal to accelerator without the vehicle moving from its place.
BLIND SPOT MONITORING It is always risky to change lanes in heavy traffic and quite risky. Even if the driver has checked the mirrors, driver error can occur. BSM or BSI (Blind Spot Indicator) checks the vehicles around the car for additional safety.
The system uses a radar sensor on each corner of the rear bumpers to detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot. These radar units monitor vehicles travelling behind and next to your car. When either radar detects a vehicle approaching your vehicle’s blind spot, a visual alert in the corresponding door mirror will illuminate to notify. When the driver uses the indicator to change lanes, the visual alert will flash and a warning will sound.
While driving at speeds between 5km/h and 30km/h, the CTBA gives audible and visual warnings to the driver if it detects a risk of collision. The system uses a laser radar unit fitted to the windscreen behind the rear mirror to detect potential collisions and to mitigate the level of damage in an unavoidable crash. If the driver is unable to take any action to slow down, the system will apply the brakes automatically.
Note: CTBA is not intend as a replacement for driver braking.
The CTBA system also helps reduce accidents in situations where the driver accidentally steps on the accelerator instead of the brake.
ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) is actually a Pretensioner seatbelts design. It has load limiters that are fitted in the front and rear of all Honda vehicles.
Pretensioners with load limiters provide additional protection over a standard ELR seatbelt in an accident.
Pretensioner seatbelts with load limiter can be found with both Supplementary Restraint Systems (SRS) and Intelligent Supplementary Restraint Systems (i-SRS).
Pretensioners with load limiters can be found fitted to the front seats of Honda vehicles. In the event of a front or side impact above a certain limit, when the SRS is deploy, the pretensioner instantly rewinds part of the seatbelt itself to improve the restraining effect on the occupant. If the load on the seatbelt increases due to the forward movement of the occupant’s chest in an event of a collision the load limiter loosens the seatbelt. This sequence reduces the pressure applied to the occupant’s body, reducing the risk of injury. As part of the way SRS is design to operate, the pretensioner will always operate in conjunction with the airbags.
Child safety is consider very important while travelling. Some regions do not allow any child without an ISOFIX anchoring standard.
ISOFIX is the International Standards Organization method to fit child seats into cars easily as well as safely. This standard called LATCH (Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children) in America. This standard has proved its results of extensive research in the field of attaching child seats.
ISOFIX works by providing a method of affixing the child seat without the seat belt or a locking clip. This makes it easier and quicker to fit the car seat correctly.
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