Available with a variety of advanced active and passive driver-assist features, Honda Sensing™ is taking the world by storm, one Honda model at a time. But how does this Honda safety suite and technology help you stay protected in everyday driving situations?
You hit stop-and-go traffic in Jacksonville. Perhaps a semi-truck filled with marbled rye bread has toppled on its side, unleashing carbs across I-95. Now all the seagulls from Fernandina Beach have clogged up the interstate in search for an afternoon snack. And the traffic jam stretches for what appears to be miles. So, you begin to stream your 90s pop-rock mix as the line of vehicles tenderly inches forward. BOP! Uh-oh—you’ve just gotten into a fender-bender going 7 miles per hour.
Run that scenario again with a fully equipped Honda Accord.
Traffic jam—check. Gulls going to town on crumbs—yep. The Goo Goo Dolls serenading you into a nostalgic trance—for sure. Fender-bender—not so fast!
With Honda Sensing’s Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) features, that 7-mph accident is just a figment of your imagination. Instead of cracking that stranger’s rear fender, you’re sitting pretty. But how?
FCW keeps an eye on vehicles and obstacles in front of you. When its sensor and monocular camera detect an imminent collision, the system triggers visual and audible warnings. Act on them, and you’ll be fine. CMBS takes it a bit further, offering emergency braking when you don’t take action to prevent a crash. The autonomous braking system acts on your behalf so you never have to let anyone know you weren’t paying attention. (But don’t make a habit out of it.)
Lane Keeping Assist – Photo: automobiles.honda.com
You’re running late to your lunch meeting with Cliff Huxtable at the Four Seasons in downtown Jacksonville. Your stomach is grumbling, so you swing into the drive-thru for a burger and fries, knowing full well that you’re probably going to drop a pickle on your nice, newly pressed pantleg. But, the stomach wants what it wants.
As you head down US-23, your premonitions come true. Pickle, meet pants. Instead of pulling over to reevaluate the situation, you do what any bad driver does—you try to blot the stain while swerving in and out of your lane, causing havoc and striking fear in the hearts of your highway colleagues.
Take two: Your pant leg will still be covered in pickle goop, but with a fully loaded Honda Pilot, your risk of being in an accident is lessened. That’s because of several innovative Honda safety features:
- Lane Keeping Assist – An integrated camera “reads” lane markers to identify your lane. If you’re caught swerving, this system will turn on and nudge your car’s correctly between those markers.
- Lane Departure Warning – If your Honda ventures outside of its lane, you’ll be alerted via audio cues and flashing warnings.
- Road Departure Mitigation – When you’re really pushing the boundaries between “roadway” and “not roadway,” this safety feature will kick in and provide autonomous steering and emergency brake assistance. All in an effort to keep you on the road and out of danger.
2018 Honda Odyssey – Photo: automobiles.honda.com
You’re taking a long and arduous road trip from Lake City, FL to Washington D.C. Your Honda Odyssey is packed with all the necessities—snacks, waters, Blu-ray discs for the kids. Everything’s going smoothly, but that long and crowded stretch of highway has done a number on your shin splints. Cruise control can only do so much, so you break down and stop halfway through the trip to find a cheap hotel. And you feel shame.
Next year’s vacation doesn’t need to be so painful. Upgrade to a new 2018 Honda Odyssey, and those woes should be no more thanks to the van’s integrated Adaptive Cruise Control (with Low-Speed Follow). Rather than setting a strict speed, you can adjust the cruise controls to obey a desired following interval from the vehicle in front of you. This prevents you from having to slow down manually when someone merges into your lane. You’re always at the same distance from the vehicles ahead, and there are fewer chances of developing those shin splints we all loathe.
Oh, and the new Odyssey has over 49 other pieces of Honda technology you might want to check out.
Test Out Honda Sensing at Our First Coast Honda Dealers
You can read all about Honda Sensing and its various safety features, but there’s nothing better than seeing how they work up close and in person. Luckily for you, this Honda technology is easy to test out—just head into any of our Jacksonville Honda dealerships and ask for a tour. We’ll gladly highlight each feature that comes with a Honda Sensing-equipped vehicle, and show you the best ways to use them.
Find your closest Honda dealer near St. Augustine, FL to discover our current Honda offers or take a test drive in a new car today!
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