Honda Sensing Technology
Given the amount of your life spent behind the wheel of your new Honda, you want to be well protected. This year, you can be safer than ever thanks to Honda Sensing, a new option package that includes a number of the newest, most advanced safety features.
But before we get to that, let’s look at the standard crash avoidance features that come standard:
Airbags: The driver and front seat passenger are protected by front airbags that inflate at different rates depending on the severity of the crash severity, seatbelt usage and other factors. In addition, front-seat side airbags help protect the pelvic and thorax during side impacts. All outboard passengers are protected by side curtain airbags that deploy from the roof, offering head protection from fracturing windows. Like other Honda airbags in the vehicle, sensors determine the appropriate timing and rate of deployment. If the vehicle rolls over, both side curtain airbags inflate.
Anti-lock Brakes: Ever slam on the brakes and lock up your wheels? Anti-lock brakes, also known as ABS, prevent this by modulating brake pressure on a wheel that’s slipping during an emergency stop.
Brake Assist: If you’re not braking hard enough during a panic stop, Brake Assist automatically applies additional braking force.
Electronic Brake Distribution: Automatically proportions front-to-rear brake force based on the vehicle’s load on each wheel.
Tire Pressure Monitor: Federal law now mandates this safety feature, which alerts the driver when a tire’s pressure is low. The Honda system not only can show all four tires pressure, it pops up automatically when one tire’s pressure falls significantly. In addition, the 2016 Pilot features Tire Fill Assist. When adding air to a tire, Tire Fill Assist sounds a chirp and flashes the parking lights when the correct air pressure is reached.
Traction Control: Traction Control uses the anti-lock brake sensors to detect wheelspin while accelerating. If one tire loses traction in a slippery condition, it will spin faster than the others. Traction control notes this and applies braking to that wheel until traction is regained.
Vehicle Stability Assist: This is a stability control system that independently slows one or more wheels while simultaneously managing the throttle, ignition, and fuel systems to maintain the driver’s intended direction.
In addition to these standard safety systems, you can fit your new ride with Honda Sensing, Honda’s name for the newest and most advanced safety features. Here’s a look at what they are, and how they can assist you while driving. Keep in mind, however, the number of features offered in the Honda Sensing package varies by vehicle and trim level.
Adaptive Cruise Control: Don’t you hate having to constantly adjust your cruise control when traffic slows or speeds up? This system is here to help. Using radar and a monocular camera mounted at the top edge of the windshield, Adaptive Cruise Control allows the driver to set a preferred speed and following distance from other vehicles. The Honda then automatically adjusts its speed to maintain the chosen following distance.
Blind Spot Information: This system shows you what you can’t see. Using radar sensors on the rear bumpers, this system warns the driver when a vehicle is detected in the driver’s blind spot. It does so by illuminating a small indicator near the side view mirror, depending on which side of the vehicle is affected. If the driver activates a turn signal on the side of the vehicle where another vehicle is detected, an audible warning and flashing indicator alert the driver. Blind Spot Information deactivates below 20 mph to prevent false alarms in a parking lot. This system replaces Honda LaneWatch on some models.
Collision Mitigating Braking System: Not paying attention to the stopped traffic in front of you? By using a windshield-mounted monocular camera, the Collision Mitigation Braking System alerts the driver if the vehicle is about to hit a vehicle and/or a pedestrian. If the driver does not attempt to brake, the vehicle intervenes to stop the vehicle.
Forward Collision Warning: Operating the same monocular camera used by the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning determines if a collision is about to occur by comparing the difference in speed between your vehicle and the one in front of you. If a collision is likely, the vehicle emits visual and audible alerts. If the driver doesn’t respond, the Collision Mitigation Braking System is activated to stop the car. Honda owners can adjust the distance at which the Forward Collision Warning alerts are activated, setting it to “Long,” “Normal” or “Short.
Honda LaneWatch: If your Honda is not equipped with Blind Spot Information, it will have Honda LaneWatch. This system employs a camera on the bottom of the passenger side-view mirror to show the driver the roadway on the right side of the vehicle. The image is displayed on the vehicle’s touchscreen. The system is triggered when the right turn signal is activated, or when a button on the turn signal stalk is pressed.
Lane Departure Warning: It’s inadvertent, but sometimes drivers drift from their lane. Utilizing the same windshield-mounted monocular camera used for other safety systems, Lane Departure Warning emits an audible warning when the driver moves the vehicle from one detected lane to another without a turn signal being activated. It’s triggered at speeds from 45 to 90 mph. The system can be turned off if desired. Also, it doesn’t work during snow, ice or heavy rain, and extreme cabin heat. The system deactivates when the brakes are applied or the turn signals are used.
Lane Keeping Assist System: This helpful system uses a windshield-mounted monocular camera to read lane markings and applies the electric power steering to maintain the vehicle’s position within the lane. It can be deactivated.
Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering: Taking into account the vehicle’s speed and steering angle, this system works with Vehicle Stability Assist and the Electric Power Steering to identify slippery road conditions during cornering and braking. The system then sends out steering inputs to prompt the driver to steer in the proper direction to prevent oversteer or understeer, as well as reduce instability during hard braking.
Rear Cross Traffic Monitor: This is a real boon when backing out of a parking space at the mall, supermarket, or big box store. When you select the reverse gear, the blind-spot radar in the rear corners of the vehicle detects if a vehicle is approaching. If one is, audible warning sounds, and arrows appear on the rearview camera screen to indicate the approaching vehicle’s direction.
Road Departure Mitigation: This system is part of the Lane Departure Warning system. Road Departure Mitigation uses a windshield-mounted monocular camera to recognize solid or dashed painted lane lines, Botts’ dots, and Catseye markers. If the vehicle is about to stray from its lane, the system provides steering assist and, if that’s not enough, brake assists to keep the vehicle in the lane. Visual and audible warnings alert the driver when the system is activated.