Honda Sensing red CRV


That moment.  That heart-stopping moment when you’re cruising along and you momentarily take your eyes off the road to sneeze…adjust the lid on your morning coffee… or to consider if that low flying police helicopter is actually following you.   That fraction of a second before you glance back up, only to find the car in front of you has their brake lights on!  Your life flashes before your eyes because: (A) you’ve always loved a good rerun and (B) you’re not sure HOW LONG they’ve had their brakes lights on.

Enter in Forward Collision Warning and Collision Mitigation Braking System. Two systems that are part of the Honda Sensing suite of safety equipment making its way through the Honda lineup.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW)

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A camera located at the top of your windshield, recognizing when the distance you’re following at reduces too quickly.   It can help even the most attentive drivers avoid front end collisions with an audible and visual warning that prompts you to apply the brakes.  A second set of eyes watching your road ahead that won’t judge or nag you for the next 10kms about how your cousin Larry is a much more alert driver than then you are.

To avoid unnecessary warnings the system does not engage at speeds under 20kms/h.




Honda drivers are able to choose the warning timing based on distance.  Choose Long, Normal or Short warning distance in your SETTINGS menu.  Drivers can also turn the system off completely.

Their are some conditions when the system may issue a false alert.  Driving in severe inclement weather (heavy rain, fog, snow), off-roading, debris/damage on the windshield or if there is extreme interior heat.





Forward Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)


This system not only alerts you when a potential front-end collision is detected but it can even apply the brakes to help slow/stop your vehicle and avoid a collision altogether.

Millimeter wave radar


CMBS uses a front-mounted camera and millimeter wave radar to monitor the objects in front of you.  If the vehicle in front of you suddenly stops, or even worse: a pedestrian is detected in the vehicle’s path, CMBS alerts the driver in three stages (depending on the circumstances, CMBS may not use all stages)


Stage #1

When the initial risk of collision is detected using the Forward Collision Warning System outlined above; an audible and visual warning is issued. Hopefully this is all that’s needed to prompt the driver to corrective measures.

Stage #2

If no corrective action is detected and the distance to the object shortens, CMBS continues the audible/visual warnings and adds the sensory warning of gentle brake pressure.

Stage #3

If the driver still hasn’t taken action and the system feels that a collision is eminent, CMBS fully applies the brakes to help avoid the collision.