Breaking Down Some of the Honda Driver-Assist Systems

February 10th, 2023 by

A white 2023 Honda HR-V is shown from the front at an angle.

Honda vehicles have a lot to offer drivers, from a range of body styles to updated technology. They are spacious and comfortable, mixing luxury and utility so they can be all-purpose vehicles. Yet, we know customers do not just want a ride that looks good and performs well; they also want a ride that they feel safe and secure in. We all drive our family and friends at some point, and the last circumstance we want is one where we do not have full belief in our vehicle’s safety and driver-assistance features. The Atlanta area prides itself in its beauty, but it is a locale with quickly changing terrain, which means you want your vehicle to have features that can handle any situation you can run into.

As an Atlanta Honda dealer, we keep up to date with all of the safety and driver-assist systems that Honda is putting into its newest vehicles. We can show you all of the different features that are available in the various new and used Honda on our lot and explain to you how they work. In recent years, Honda has been making the Honda Sensing suite standard on most of its vehicles and trims, so let’s take a look at some of the features you will get as a part of this suite and what they do.

Collision Mitigation Braking System

All Hondas have the expected safety measures like airbags and rearview cameras; however, there are a number of systems unique to Honda. The first one we are going to cover is the Collision Mitigation Braking System.

The Collision Mitigation Braking System is part of Honda’s groundbreaking Honda Sensing suite. It uses Honda’s sensor technology to monitor the road ahead and will react when it detects a potentially unavoidable collision is imminent. The system immediately gives the driver a warning about the upcoming crash: this is incredibly important as even an extra second can make a crucial difference as to how you react.

When a crash is impending, the Collision Mitigation Braking System will do what it says and apply the brakes automatically to help lessen the severity of the impact. It means that collision avoidance is already beginning before you react, which can radically change the type of damage your vehicle takes should the collision occur. With luck, it may help you avoid the collision altogether.

Here’s a real-world scenario: picture yourself driving down a suburban road. Without warning, someone pulls out of their driveway and into the street in front of you. They likely were not paying attention, perhaps more interested in their radio than inspecting their surroundings. It is here that your Collision Mitigation Braking System will come into play, alerting you to the threat and readying your car to brake. This will allow you to avoid a collision or, in the worst-case scenario, make the crash much less of a catastrophe. You’ll be rattled by what happened, yes, but you’ll also be thanking yourself for going with a Honda.

A red 2023 Honda Accord is shown from the front at an angle while driving.

Road Departure Mitigation System

We’ve all been passengers in a car where we note the driver is starting to depart from their lane a little bit. Perhaps you start to lean to the side as if your lean will push the car back to its proper place. Maybe you finally mention to the driver, “I think you might be veering a little.” That’s always uncomfortable, though; no one likes to hear criticism of their driving. Or you may have noticed it when you’re driving, especially after you have been on the road for a while. While minor lane departure may seem relatively innocuous, it can result in side-swiping the car in the next lane or cause of full-on frontal collision with an oncoming vehicle. Luckily, Honda Sensing can come to the rescue with its Road Departure Mitigation System.

Similar to the Collision Mitigation Braking System, the Road Departure Mitigation System will jump in to help avoid or lessen a potential impact. The system kicks into gear if lane departure occurs without a signal. The driver will be alerted about the lane drift first. Then, if you don’t respond quickly enough to that warning, Honda Sensing can apply a little pressure to the steering wheel to direct the car back into its lane. Some may worry about the vehicle taking too much action, but nothing can be further from the case. The system is gentle, guiding instead of forcing. It’s not a backseat driver by any means, but instead, it is a guide for you on your journey. Don’t worry; the system doesn’t kick in if your signal is on or if it senses you are making an intentional movement.

Traffic Sign Recognition System

You’ll like this one. I doubt any of us have not ended up entering a zone that suddenly has a much lower speed limit than we initially thought. Depending on town ordinances, one town may have a much more generous speed limit than another, and it can be easy to miss a sign informing you of the switch. Before you know it, a police officer is pulling you over, and you’re stuck with an unpleasant bill and points on your license––a day ruiner for sure.

Once again, the Honda Sensing system can come to the rescue. By no means should you rely on it entirely, as there’s nothing safer than an alert driver, but it again shows how it can be a loyal guide on your trips. The Traffic Sign Recognition System uses cameras to scan the area for speed limit signs. Once it detects one, it will display it on your dash or your head-up display. The car does not slow itself or do anything that affects your driving; that will be for you to do. This is just an extra set of eyes, so if you happen to miss a road sign, your vehicle can still catch it, so you are informed.

Collision Testing

This is not a part of the Honda Sensing suite, but it is still something important that Honda does. Honda’s engineering and research teams invest a lot of time in collision research. Thanks to 3D model testing, Honda research teams can see how potential new models will react in case of collision. Then, the potential model can be reconfigured as needed to make sure the version that reaches the dealership is the safest possible version. This rigorous testing may take time, but it is absolutely worth it. Honda wants only the most secure sedans and SUVs in the hands of its customers. By the time a new Honda goes to market, it has been tested and adjusted for a wide range of problems that can occur on the road.

A blue 2022 Honda Civic is shown from the front after leaving an Atlanta Honda dealer.

Honda Keeps Pushing Limits With Safety and Driver-Assist Features

As you can see, Honda is consistently trying to add more and more features to promote safer driving and try to prevent or mitigate potential collisions. Features like those found in the Honda Sensing suite are just the latest to come from the brand, and we expect to see more and more as technology improves. So, if you want a vehicle that comes with some of these driver-assist features, you can come find one here at Gwinnett Place Honda. We will be happy to walk you through our current Honda inventory, show you the different safety and driver-assist features they have, and help you find the car, truck, SUV, or minivan that meets your needs.