Honda presented a new system, which is called Sensing driver-assistive system, and it will go on sale later this year, initially available for the Legend. The Japanese describe it “as a further step towards the realization of a society without accidents”, it uses a radar and a camera to detect obstacles in front of the car. The system has five main functions:
- The Collision Mitigation Braking function alerts the driver and visually and audibly the driver that there is a risk of a frontal collision, and if the driver does not react, the car brakes automatically.
- The Road Departure Mitigation functions uses the camera to determine when the vehicle departs from the lane. When this happens, then the steering wheel vibrates and an audible alarm sounds. In the event that the driver does not react, the system tries to bring the car into the strip, and if necessary it can brake itself.
- The Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering function uses the radar and the camera to detect pedestrians in the street and change the path of the car so as not to hit the pedestrian.
- The False Start Prevention function activates the brake light when the driver presses the accelerator pedal, while another car is in front of it. When this happens, the car will stop accelerating, providing visual and audible alarm and vibration in the gas pedal.
- Finally the Lead Car Departure Notification function provides an audible and visual alarm when the car in front of a traffic jam.
Apart from the above, the system has several more security systems, like a traffic signal readout and active Cruise Control.