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Honda understands that safety is a paramount concern for drivers. The automaker makes its semi-autonomous driving suite of advanced safety technologies, called Honda Sensing, standard on just about every model. This bundle of active safety aids is designed to reduce the chance of collision by alerting drivers to hazards they may not have seen. Let’s take a closer look at the state-of-the-art technologies that make up Honda Sensing.

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)

CMBS helps to diminish the possibility of a frontal collision by monitoring the vehicle’s path and automatically braking as needed. When a frontal collision appears imminent, the CMBS will sound off a warning, and if a collision is unavoidable, it will apply the brakes automatically.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

This system takes cruise control one important step further by maintaining a set following distance behind the vehicle ahead in the lane. Where standard cruise control maintains a set speed, ACC adjusts speed to match that lead vehicle’s, always keeping the proper following distance.

Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)

The purpose of the RDM system is to keep you from veering out of your lane and colliding with another vehicle. If you cross a lane without signaling, it activates a warning and can even adjust your steering and braking as needed.

Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)

Similar to RDM, the LKAS uses a special camera to detect lane lines and adjusts steering to help keep you centered.

Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)

The TSR system is programmed to recognize and “read” speed limit signs. It relays the maximum allowed speed to the driver, showing it on the vehicle’s display.

Honda LaneWatch

Any time you signal to the right, a camera on the passenger-side mirror is activated to display a live video on the infotainment system’s touchscreen that reveals nearly four times more than the average passenger-side mirror is capable of.

Blind Spot Information System

This also helps with lane changes: When your turn signal is activated and a vehicle is detected in an adjacent lane, the system will sound a warning until either the space is clear or the turn signal is switched off.

Cross-Traffic Monitor

When the vehicle is put in reverse, the Cross-Traffic Monitor will alert the driver to a detected vehicle that’s approaching from the side through a series of beeps and indicators that are shown on the rearview camera.

Auto High-Beam Headlights

To maximize visibility for drivers, there are Auto High-Beam Headlights. When you’re driving above 25 mph at night and the headlight switch is in the low-beam position with the switch rotated to AUTO, the system will change between low and high beams according to the surrounding conditions.

Honda Sensing and An Autonomous Future

Many automobile manufacturers today are intent on developing cars that can someday drive themselves. The technologies mentioned above are integral to Honda’s work toward the eventual release of autonomous vehicles for regular drivers. The levels of vehicle autonomy range from 0 to 6, with Level 0 cars being the most basic: these require drivers to be engaged at all times. Level 1 cars, which are those outfitted with basic cruise control, have been around for some time, while Level 2 cars are more common today and are equipped with the safety features found in Honda Sensing. Level 3 cars, which Honda is currently working on developing, will do most of the work but still require some attention and input from a human driver.