Safety is the most important component of a vehicle. Given the mechanism of vehicles, there is a tendency for things to malfunction, leading to collisions that could harm occupants. While certain collisions are inevitable, it is important to put measures in place to reduce their effect to the barest minimum.
Honda prioritizes the safety of its customers. Acknowledging that the live of every road user matters, the Japanese automaker extends this commitment to everyone on the road including non-Honda users. As a result of this, it has developed a number of vehicle safety features to help drivers minimize chances of a collision to as little as possible. And should a collision occur, they have a higher chance of coming out of it with little or no harm.
Below are 5 Honda vehicle safety features that help it listed in the safest group in the world!
1. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Long high way trips have always used conventional cruise control, but this has not been the case with daily commute of urban drivers. With Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), drivers can choose their desired driving speed, and also control their movement to vehicles seen in front of them to avoid a collision.
It sends signals to keep a safe distance from vehicles ahead of you
2. Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
Frontal collision is a regular form of accidents on the road. The Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) was developed by Honda to minimize chances of it occurring and reduce damage when it occurs.
This safety technology is powered by a forward-facing camera and radar transmitter to detect vehicles or objects that are ahead. As soon as the system detects that a collision could occur with the object ahead, it informs the driver of the vehicle to take preventive action via audible and visual warning signals. In some Honda models, it tugs the seat belts lightly. If the driver does not take action to prevent a collision, the system swings into action by enforcing light braking.
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3. Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Sometimes, drivers get distracted while driving – this is one of the causes of road accidents. Acknowledging this problem, Honda developed the Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Basically, if you take your eyes off the road for any reason, the high-end system will alert you of a danger ahead. The system makes use of both audible and visual warning alert to draw your attention to an oncoming object. If you are quick to take action, an accident can be averted.
FCW pays attention to objects that are directly in front of the vehicle. When the distance earlier recorded between the vehicles is diminishing, the system calculates the current speed of the vehicle to determine if a collision is still in view.
4. Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) is powered by a forward-facing camera fixed right above the rear view mirror inside the vehicle. It helps drivers to stay on the center of a lane detected.
When the LKAS detects a centered lane, if the car is drifting away from the center, it applies steering torque, and gently guides you back to the right position on the lane.
The system does not exert force on the steering. If it detects that the driver is not making any input on the steering, it will send a message to control the steering.
It gives you visuals to stay on the right lane
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5. Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
The Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) is powered by a camera for detecting lane markers including Botts Dots, painted lane lines and cat eye markers.
Upon detecting that the vehicle is going of the lane that has been marked, it uses its audible and visual signals to warn the driver to stay on track. It goes as far as lightly tugging the seat belts on some models.
If the system detects that the driver is not taking action to control the situation, it applies moderate torque to the vehicle steering, guiding the car back to the right spot. If it notices that steering assistance is not working, the system applies braking to prevent indiscriminate movement of the vehicle.