Realizing a Collision-free Society
Honda SENSING

Honda’s global safety concept,“ Safety for Everyone” aims to realize a collision-free society in which not only automobile occupants and motorcycle riders, but everyone, can share the roads safely.

Based on the analysis of past road accidents, Honda developed “Honda SENSING,” a driver-assist system. Analysis shows that many fatal road accidents are caused by cars straying from their lanes, including those which involve pedestrians. Honda SENSING operates to detect and take action to avoid situations such as one-car accidents, collisions, pedestrian injuries, and missed road signs.

Honda SENSING provides safety, while keeping driving fun.


Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System

The Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System detects pedestrians and boundary lines on side strips to help avoid collisions.

When the system forecasts a collision with a pedestrian as a result of the vehicle straying from the lane toward the side strip, it provides audio and visual warnings to alert the driver. It also turns the steering wheel in the other direction to assist the driver’s collision avoidance effort.

The millimeter-wave radar and monocular camera detect pedestrians and road lanes, helping to protect pedestrians from accidents.


Confidence in Staying on the Road
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system

The RDM system assists the driver in preventing the vehicle from inadvertently straying off the road.

The RDM system operates at speeds above 60 km/h, providing the driver with 3 types of assistance based on the severity of the circumstance.
The monocular camera detects the lane boundaries, and if the vehicle is likely to stray from a detected lane, the system will give a visual warning on the display and vibrations on the steering wheel to alert the driver.
When the vehicle leaves the lane, the system vibrates the steering wheel repeatedly within 1.5 seconds to alert the driver, and applies corrective steering input to bring the vehicle back in the lane.

When the system forecasts that the vehicle is straying too far off, the system will apply braking force in addition to corrective steering input to bring the vehicle back in the lane.


Looking Ahead
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)

The CMBS assists the driver to help avoid collisions with oncoming vehicles, and vehicles and pedestrians ahead, and mitigates any damage in the case of collision.

The millimeter-wave radar and monocular camera detect vehicles and pedestrians, and when the system determines there is a risk of collision, it provides the driver with audio and visual warnings, and vibrates the accelerator pedal.
When the system determines a collision cannot be avoided, it automatically applies the brakes.

When the vehicle strays into an oncoming lane and there is a risk of collision with oncoming vehicles, the system vibrates the steering wheel to alert the driver, and applies the brakes when it determines a collision cannot be avoided.

Looking Ahead
False Start Prevention Function


Reducing Driver Burden
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow

The system maintains an appropriate distance with the vehicle ahead, reducing burden on the driver, especially effective while driving on congested highways.

The millimeter-wave radar and monocular camera detect the distance and speed gap from the vehicle ahead, and controls acceleration and braking to maintain an appropriate distance.

The system operates from standstill to high-speed driving.

Reducing Driver Burden
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)

LKAS assists steering to keep the vehicle in the middle of the lane, reducing driver fatigue.

The monocular camera detects the lane that the vehicle is driving in (by detecting solid and broken lines), and the system warns the driver with vibrations on the steering wheel if the vehicle is likely to stray from the lane.

Assisting Driver Attention
Traffic Sign Recognition

The system displays traffic sign information to assist safe driving.

The monocular camera recognizes traffic signs, and displays the information on the Multi-Information Display or Heads-Up Display System.

The driver is notified of information vital to urban driving such as the speed limit, no overtaking, stop and no entry signs.

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The system displays at the appropriate time information
according to the type of traffic sign

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Assisting Driver Attention
Lead Car Departure Notification System

The system alerts the driver when the car in front has moved ahead.

The millimeter-wave radar detects when the car in front starts from standstill traffic, and notifies the driver with audio and visual alerts if the accelerator pedal is not depressed.

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Increasing Field of Vision, Decreasing Blind Spots
Blind Spot Information System

The Blind Spot Information System alerts the driver to a vehicle detected in the passenger-side blind spot. Radars mounted within the rear bumper detect cars in the vehicle’s rear-quarter blind spots, and notifies the driver with indicators on or near the vehicle’s side mirrors.

When activating the turn indicator in the corresponding direction, the system notifies the driver with a flashing indicator and alert sounds.

Increasing Field of Vision, Decreasing Blind Spots
LaneWatch

Using a camera built into the passenger-side mirror, LaneWatch displays vehicles located in the driver's rear-quarter blind spot, providing an expanded field of vision when changing lanes.

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Increasing Field of Vision, Decreasing Blind Spots
Multi-View Camera System

Cameras mounted around the vehicle allow the driver to view the area surrounding the vehicle.
The system also assists the driver when parking, pulling over to the roadside, entering low-visibility intersections, and confirming the road ahead.

Four CCD cameras (mounted in the front grille, left and right side mirrors and tailgate) capture images surrounding the vehicle, which are stitched together and displayed on the navigation screen as a bird’s eye view of the vehicle.

Guidance lines calculated based on the turning angle of the steering wheel are also displayed.

Six views can be selected.

Front View + Ground View

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Rear View + Ground View

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Increasing Field of Vision, Decreasing Blind Spots
Wide-angle Rearview Camera System

The wide-angle rearview camera system allows the driver to see if there are any obstacles when reverse parking.
When reversing, the display is switched to the rearview camera view.

Three display modes are available: Normal view, which is the standard viewing range offered by typical rearview cameras;
Wide view, which offers a panoramic view; and Top-down view, which provides an overhead view.

Normal View

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Wide View

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Top-Down View

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Increasing Field of Vision, Decreasing Blind Spots
Parking Sensor System

Alerts the driver with sound and Navigation screen display to obstacles around the vehicle when parking.
6 sensors mounted in each corner and the rear of the vehicle detect surrounding obstacles.
The alert sound and Navigation screen display changes in 4 stages according to how close obstacles are, or if there are any obstacles.

The system assists the driver not only to park the vehicle, but to turn on narrow roads.

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Increasing Field of Vision, Decreasing Blind Spots
Backing Out Support

When backing out of a parking space, the system uses radar sensors mounted in the rear bumper(*1) to detect vehicles approaching from the side. The driver is alerted by sound and Navigation screen display.

The system also alerts the driver by vibrating the accelerator pedal(*2).

*1:Detection method differs according to model.
(BSI radar / Rear Camera / MVC Rear Camera)

*2:Accelerator pedal vibration available on select models.

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Combining Radars and Cameras
for the Best Balance and Performance

Honda SENSING uses millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera to sense obstacles in front of the vehicle.

The millimeter-wave radar emits radio waves to measure the distance to cars and obstacles ahead of the vehicle, and how fast they are approaching. The monocular camera identifies attributes and sizes of pedestrians, other vehicles, and road lanes and signs, among other target objects.

Millimeter-wave radars are useful to measure distances and speeds under low-visibility conditions, but cameras are superior in identifying shapes and sizes. Monocular cameras, on the other hand, are not 100% effective under low-visibility conditions such as heavy rain, snowfall or fog.

By using a computer to combine information from these disparate sensors, the best aspects of both can be used.

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