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Honda offers omnidirectional driving support including highway hands-off driving – Impress Watch


Honda has announced the “Honda SENSING 360+”, an omnidirectional safe driving support system that covers blind spots around the vehicle, helps avoid traffic accidents, and reduces the driver’s driving burden.

Honda SENSING 360, which began being installed on the CR-V sold in China in 2022, achieves 360-degree sensing by equipping the front and each corner with a total of five millimeter wave radars. By covering the blind spots around the vehicle that are difficult to visually check with conventional driving, the system helps avoid collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians, and reduces the driver’s driving burden.

In addition to its existing functions, Honda SENSING 360+ also incorporates a driver monitoring camera and high-precision maps to improve driver status confirmation and vehicle control functions, reducing the driver’s driving burden. This will reduce accidents caused by health-related causes or human error.

Application will begin in China in 2024 starting with ACCORD. After that, we plan to expand globally. The details of the functions are as follows.

Advanced in-lane driving assistance function with hands-off function

While driving on a highway or expressway, the system operates the accelerator, brakes, and steering to help maintain vehicle speed and stay within the lane even when the driver takes his hands off the steering wheel (hands-off). Reduce operating load.

Identify your vehicle’s location using high-precision maps and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). If there is no vehicle in front, the system will maintain the set speed and stay in the center of the lane even in hands-off mode, and if there is a vehicle in front, it will follow while maintaining an appropriate following distance. When approaching curves, the system reads the curvature in advance and accelerates/decelerates accordingly, helping you drive with confidence.


Recommendation-type lane change support function

When the advanced in-lane driving support function with hands-off function detects a vehicle in front that is slower than your vehicle while driving on a highway or expressway, the system determines the surrounding situation under certain conditions. If it determines that it is possible to overtake, it notifies the driver, and when the driver approves the overtaking using a switch at hand, the system assists in overtaking and returning to the lane by operating turn signals, accelerating/decelerating, and steering the vehicle.

Additionally, in route guidance mode, the system suggests lane changes to help you reach your destination based on the navigation’s route guidance. Once the driver’s approval is obtained, the system automatically performs a series of lane changes, including entering and exiting the branch.


Curve departure early warning

When driving around a curve on an expressway or motorway, if the system determines that there is a risk of an accident unless the vehicle decelerates immediately, the system will issue a warning and provide deceleration support to prevent accidents when the vehicle veers off the curve.

When entering a curve at high speed, the meter displays “Caution for curve ahead” to alert the driver at an early stage.

When approaching a curve and it is time to slow down, the system alerts the driver to slow down with an audible warning and a flashing display on the head-up display.

Furthermore, if you approach a curve and need to decelerate immediately, the system issues a stronger warning and decelerates to prevent accidents when the vehicle runs off the curve.


Vehicle approach warning when getting off

When the system detects a vehicle approaching from behind while parked or stopped, an indicator on the front pillar or side mirror lights up to assist in recognition. In addition, if there is a risk of a collision with a passing vehicle when the door the occupant attempts to open, the system flashes an indicator and at the same time alerts the occupants with an audible warning.


Driver abnormality response system

If the driver becomes unable to continue driving due to a sudden change in physical condition while driving, the system assists the driver by slowing down and stopping in the same lane.

If the driver does not respond to a control request from the system, the warning sound will gradually become stronger, prompting the driver to comply with the control request.

If the driver still does not respond, the system will assist the driver in slowing down and stopping in the same lane while alerting those around him with hazard lights and horn.

Furthermore, the vehicle is connected to a call center via the emergency notification service (HELPNET) to ensure the safety of the driver, passengers, and surrounding traffic participants.


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