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Honda testing advanced safety tech

- – Matt Brogan

Honda has released details of its more advanced Honda Sensing 360+ omnidirect­ional safety and driver-assistance system, which will debut in the Chinese market Accord from next year.

It is not yet known which Australian model will introduce the technology.

The technology builds on the current Honda Sensing 360 system available in most Honda models sold globally and offers what the manufactur­er says is the ability to ‘remove blind-spots around the vehicle’ while contributi­ng to ‘collision avoidance and the reduction of driver burden’.

On top of functions already offered, Honda Sensing 360+ features a driver monitoring camera and high-definition maps Honda says will improve the system’s ability to monitor the driver’s condition and to control the vehicle.

Honda says that by reducing healthrela­ted or human-triggered collisions, it can work to achieve its goal of ‘zero traffic collision fatalities involving Honda motorcycle­s and automobile­s globally by 2050’.

In addition to the driver monitoring camera and high-definition maps, the updated technology includes front and side millimetre-wave radar sensors, front and rear acoustic sensors, a

sensor-style front camera, and a steering wheel grip sensor.

Bolstering the level of technology offered by the revised safety technology has allowed Honda to offer a number of new advanced driver assistance and safety systems, including what it calls ‘advanced in lane driving with hands-off capability’.

Designed for freeway use, the system maintains vehicle speed and direction by using the aforementi­oned

sensors and GPS to locate the vehicle’s position. It operates the throttle, brake and steering systems and will track the centre of the lane at a pre-set speed when there is no vehicle ahead, or at a ‘proper following distance’ when a lead vehicle is present.

In turn, the system detects the degree of curvature in the lane in advance and performs decelerati­on and accelerati­on respective­ly to ‘assist the driver in the way that they can drive

with peace of mind’. Additional­ly, ‘active lane change recommenda­tion’ serves to assess whether a lane change is possible with ‘hands-off capability’. Upon assessing the vehicle’s surroundin­g, the system will notify the driver as to whether a lane change is recommende­d, the driver confirming the manoeuvre by pushing a button on the steering wheel.

In navigation mode, ‘active lane change recommenda­tion’ can further recommend lane changes necessary to drive toward the destinatio­n based upon the route guidance provided by the satellite navigation system.

Yet another component of Honda Sensing 360+ is what Honda refers to as ‘predictive curve departure warning’. While approachin­g or navigating a curve, the system determines if ‘immediate decelerati­on is necessary to avoid the risk of a roadway departure’.

As seen from other manufactur­ers, most notably Audi, the Honda system will also offer ‘exit warning’ to detect when a vehicle is approachin­g a parked vehicle from the rear and alert occupants of the risk of a collision between the vehicle door and a vehicle passing by. It is not known whether the system is able to detect cyclists.

Finally, the improved Honda Sensing 360+ system will now offer ‘driver emergency support system’, which assists in the decelerati­on and stopping of the vehicle in the event the driver becomes incapacita­ted.

When the driver is unresponsi­ve to the system’s requests to take control, the system escalates an alarm sound before sounding the horn and hazard lights before bringing the vehicle to a stop within its lane. The system connects with the emergency services to help ‘secure the safety of the driver, occupants, and other road users’.

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New Sensing 360+ safety tech will debut in the Chinese Accord next year, with other models to follow.
DEBUT: New Sensing 360+ safety tech will debut in the Chinese Accord next year, with other models to follow.

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