What is Honda Sensing – Part 1Aug 14th, 2015
Honda recently announced a goal of reducing fatalities by half in its vehicles by 2020, going fatality-free by 2030 and eliminating collisions entirely by 2040. Lofty goals indeed, but todays technology is able to place our vehicles firmly on the safety path.
The first step in that goal is Honda Sensing. A sophisticated suite of safety technologies that up to now has only been seen in concept cars or premium brands, if at all. This bundle of six technologies uses radar and cameras to see obstacles, alert the driver and/or take action to help prevent collisions. No doubt the technology will inevitably be creeping into the entire Honda lineup in the next few years as new vehicles/generations are launched.
In the next few weeks we will be pulling back the curtain of mystery and answering the most frequently asked questions about each Honda Sensing feature.
LANEWATCH: Changing lanes has never been easier!
The LaneWatch camera can be activated two different ways:
1. Turn signal: When the right turn signal is activated, the camera displays an image of the roadway on the Display Audio screen on your dash.
2. LaneWatch button: The driver can press the LaneWatch button on the turn signal stalk to view a constant real-time display. Pressing the button again turns the display off.
Want to move into a slower lane but you’re not sure if that crazy Oldsmobile is still beside you? Getting ready to make a right hand turn but you think you may have a cyclist coming up beside you? Push the LaneWatch button on the end of your turn signal and your vehicles’ right hand blind spot comes to life on your dash. With helpful guidelines to help judge distance, it’s easy to see when it’s safe to change lanes and it won’t take long for you to wonder how you ever drove without it!
LaneWatch can be customized in your Settings menu located on the display audio screen.
Adjustments include changes to the length of time the LaneWatch display stays on after the turn signal returns to it’s default position, if you want the reference lines appear on the display, or even turn off the display altogether.
Note that certain functions initiated while the LaneWatch is displaying, may be suspended; so finish your right hand turn before making that Bluetooth call.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
What is it?
Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver when it determines your vehicle is unintentionally crossing over detected lane markings.
Why do we need it?
It’s especially helpful during long-distance highway driving when driver fatigue is more to likely occur. All to often a driver will be unaware they have started to drift until the situation is critical, the sudden realization may prompt a panic response that results in a crash.
How does it work?
A camera mounted at the top centre of the windshield detects lane markings and determines the vehicle’s position on the road. If the vehicle drifts out of the intended lane without the use of the turn signal, a VISUAL warning will blink on and off in the MID (Multi Information Display), accompanied by an audible chime. Gentle warnings that are designed to prompt the driver to either take corrective action and steer back into their intended lane. Painted lane markings must be present for LDW to function.
The LDW activates when:
- You are traveling between 72-145kms/hour
- Your turn signal is off
- the brake has not bee depressed
- On a straight or slightly curvy road
- The wipers are NOT set to continuously on
Turn LDW On/Off
Press the LDW button to turn the system on or off. The button’s green indicator light illuminates when the system is active