Safety

Honda Sensing Safety

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow

Honda’s Adaptive Cruise Control is unique in that it’s designed for use in traffic around town, as well as on clear open roads.

Using radar technology to detect the speed and distance of vehicles in front, Adaptive Cruise Control will automatically decelerate and accelerate your vehicle to maintain a safe following distance. It will automatically slow down to a complete stop, then accelerate back up to the speed you have set, when the traffic conditions allow. 

Collision Mitigation Braking System & Forward Collision Warning

The Honda Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) uses radar technology to detect significant speed variations between vehicles or objects, and alerts the driver to potential frontal collisions in time to reduce speed, impact or mitigate a collision.

Three alerts warn the driver - visual, audible and seat belt vibration.

Then, if a collision is still imminent, emergency braking is automatically applied and the seatbelt firmly retracted to lessen impact and injury.

The Honda Forward Collision Warning System is integrated with the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). Using a small camera, mounted at the top of the windshield, it determines if you are at risk of a collision with another vehicle. The system issues audible and visual signals, and will automatically apply brake pressure should you fail to react.

Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)

Honda’s Lane Keep Assist System is designed to keep you from drifting out of your lane. Only available when travelling above 72kph – the system uses a camera to detect lane markings.

If activated and you move out of your lane without indicating, you’ll get visual and audible alerts. If you don’t react, the steering will be automatically adjusted to get you back in your lane.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)

The Road Departure Mitigation system works in conjunction with the Lane Departure Warning sensors to gently correct your course, via steering and braking adjustments, in the event of the vehicle leaving a detected lane.

Lane Departure Warning

The windshield mounted camera identifies common safety markers, like lane dividers and cats-eye markers, and will issue an audible alert if you are about to leave your lane without signalling.

The technology works in conjunction with the Road Departure Mitigation to keep you on track.

Auto High Beam Support System

The Honda High Beam Support System automatically changes the headlights from low to high beam on a clear road, then back to low beam when following another car or an oncoming vehicle is detected.

Combined with Active Cornering Lights, Auto On/Off Lights, Fog Lamps and LED High Visibility Lights, night driving has never been so easy.

Active Safety

Hill Start Assist

Hill Start Assist (HSA) helps with those tricky uphill standing starts by holding brake pressure when stopped on an incline or descent for a brief period of time.

This allows the driver’s foot to move from the brake pedal to accelerator without the vehicle moving.

Vehicle Stability Assist

Should the car deviate from its correct path, VSA activates to bring the car back on track.

Vehicle Stability Assist (or Electronic Stability Control) is designed to anticipate when the car is being driven in such a way that a loss of front or rear tyre grip is about to occur.

During cornering, VSA determines if the car is deviating from its correct path.

The system monitors the speed of the car as well as the relative speed of each wheel, the amount of turn on the steering wheel and the yaw and lateral G-forces on the vehicle.

Should the car deviate from its correct path, VSA activates to bring the car back on track by applying the brakes to any individual wheel or adjusting the engine output.

Traction Control - Enhancing VSA

Traction Control is part of the Vehicle Stability Assist system.

When one or both driving wheels have insufficient traction due to a combination of throttle opening, cornering force and low grip levels of the road surface, the Traction Control system will automatically reduce engine power until traction is re-established.

Agile Handling Assist

The Agile Handling Assist function relies on certain components of the Vehicle Stability Assist™ system so that you can keep control of the vehicle when cornering.

Specifically, active braking, typically on the front and rear wheels on the inside of a turn, helps you to remain stable on sharp turns and bends. This braking on individual wheels helps you to avoid oversteering or understeering for enhanced accuracy.

Agile Handling Assist deploys as needed so that you can maintain performance, regardless of the twists and turns that lie ahead. It is most effective in tight corners when you’re travelling at a moderate speed.

Trailer Stability Assist

Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) controls individual wheel slip to correct potential trailer swing.

The system detects when the trailer is starting to oscillate while being towed at speed. The system also automatically warns drivers behind the vehicle by flashing the brake lights on both the car and the trailer.

TSA utilises a combination of torque reduction and individual wheel braking to bring the car and trailer back under full control.

Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering

The Motion Adaptive EPS is part of the Vehicle Stability Assist system that automatically reinforces steering feedback aimed at prompting the driver to steer in the correct direction in situations where the car is threatened with instability. 

The Vehicle Stability Assist sensors immediately identify the instability and the EPS initiate a steering impulse in the required direction. Typical situations are where low grip, slippery conditions cause the car to understeer or oversteer when entering a corner, or during sharp braking where the performance is affected by a road surface which has different friction coefficients - for example, where it is dry on one side and slippery on the other because of, for example, wet leaves or snow, and where there is a danger of the car becoming unsettled as a result of the overbraking of a wheel.

The input from the EPS is barely noticeable and represents just a small amount of steering input; control of the steering remains with the driver at all times. But, this supporting steering torque is enough to prompt the driver to act intuitively and to choose the optimum steering movement - steering into the skid when oversteering or prompting greater steering movement into the turn when understeering.

This steering support, and the driver's reaction as a result, is enough to regain stability or to shorten braking distances, allowing control to be maintained.

LaneWatch Camera

The LaneWatch camera dramatically improves visibility for safer lane changing.

Mounted on the passenger side mirror, the camera displays the view on the screen in the centre console, increasing the standard 22° view from the side mirror to a sweeping 80° with distance indicators.

This not only enables you to change lanes more safely, but when turning left, ensures you can see any pedestrians or cyclists.

Activated when you indicate left or press the button on the end of the indicator stick, LaneWatch increases visibility up to 50m and allows you to see up to two lanes of traffic.

Emergency Stop Signal

Designed for the Autobahns of Europe, the Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) is a valuable safety feature wherever you are. In an emergency situation such as sudden braking on the motorway, warning surrounding drivers is crucial to avoid a potential collision.

The Emergency Stop Signal automatically activates the brake and hazard warning lights when it detects an emergency stop situation. The lights blink rapidly to warn following vehicles that the car is stopping abruptly, reducing the risk of a collision.

Driver Attention Monitor

Sometimes it’s hard to keep your focus on the road. The Driver Attention Monitor has your back.

Utilising electronic and steering inputs to calculate driver awareness, the system then offers four gradual visual, audible and tactile alerts to get your attention and get you back on track.

Brake Technology

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

A system that prevents the wheels from locking while braking hard, or on slippery surfaces, to retain steering control. This allows the driver to steer away from a potential accident which may otherwise occur with locked wheels and the vehicle out of control.

Honda ABS is a fully integrated part of the braking system and cannot be added on. It is situated between the brake master cylinder and wheel brakes and is passive under normal braking.

Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

Electronic Brake Distribution utilises part of a vehicle's ABS system to adjust the braking force between the front/rear and left/right wheels dependent on tyre grip. EBD offers greater braking stability under all braking conditions and does not require ABS to be activated to operate.

EBD uses the anti-lock components including wheel rotors and pick up sensors, central computer, and the modulator.

Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)

Honda’s Emergency Brake Assist helps the driver apply full braking pressure in an accident avoidance situation. To do so, a microprocessor analyses and “learns” the driver’s normal braking habits - monitoring both the rate of pressure applied and the total pressure that the driver normally applies to the brake system.

If sudden braking occurs, Emergency Brake Assist activates the VSA pump and brings the brake system pressure high enough to cause the vehicle to make a full stop in the shortest distance possible. The braking assist is only activated when the microprocessor detects that certain brake pedal speed or pressure thresholds are reached. Emergency Brake Assist assists the driver in obtaining full braking performance in an emergency. The Emergency Brake Assist system deactivates when the driver releases pressure on the brake pedal.

Tyre Deflation Warning System

An early warning system that detects punctures before they become a risk.

Maintaining the correct tyre pressure is critical for safety, performance and economy. Tyre pressure directly relates to how well your vehicle sticks to the road. Low pressure can increase stopping distances, reduce steering response and vehicle stability.

Honda's Tyre Deflation Warning System (DWS) helps keep you and your family safe by monitoring the pressure in all four tyres, and providing an early warning system for low pressure or punctures.

The driver will receive an on dash notification when there is a significant pressure loss in any tyre. The system can detect even a slow puncture within 120 seconds of it occurring.

Blind Spot Monitoring

Changing lanes can be a risky time for drivers. You've checked your mirrors - why not let the vehicle check one more time?

That's exactly what Honda’s Blind Spot Monitoring System does! Not only does it keep a constant eye on your blind spot with an in-mirror indicator, it will automatically check when you indicate to change lanes.

The system uses a radar sensor on each corner of the rear bumpers to detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot. These radar units monitor vehicles travelling behind and next to your car. When either radar detects a vehicle approaching your vehicle's blind spot, a visual alert in the corresponding door mirror will illuminate to notify the driver. When the driver uses the indicator to change lanes, the visual alert will flash and a warning will sound.

Straight Driving Assist

Straight Driving Assist is designed to make motorway driving safer and more comfortable. When cruise control is activated, Straight Driving Assist reduces the steering effort required when driving on a sloped or crowned road. Often in these situations the driver can find themselves making continuous small adjustments to the steering wheel to keep the car on track.

When the Straight Driving Assist system detects that steering effort is being applied to keep the car driving along a slope, the Electric Power Steering system applies motor assist. This reduces the muscle effort required to maintain the desired direction on the sloped road to the same level as is required on a flat road.

City Brake Assist

City Brake Assist (CTBA) is specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents. 

While driving at speeds of between 5km/h and 30km/h, the CTBA gives audible and visual warnings to the driver when the system recognises a high risk of collision. The system uses a laser radar unit fitted to the windscreen behind the rear mirror to detect potential collisions and to mitigate the level of damage in an unavoidable crash. If the driver does not take action to slow down, the system will apply the brakes automatically. 

Note: CTBA is not intended as a replacement for driver braking.

False starts are reduced with City Brake Assist. When the car is stationary or travelling slowly (less than 10km/h) and CBTA senses that the driver has stepped on the accelerator pedal too hard with an obstacle approximately four metres of the front of the car, it will provide an audible and visual warning. The system will then assist the driver by applying the brakes. This helps reduce accidents in situations where the driver accidentally steps on the accelerator instead of the brake.

Cross Traffic Warning

Backing out of a carpark or driveway can be dangerous. Honda have made it safer and easier than ever before with the Cross Traffic Warning System. This early warning system uses radar sensors to detect oncoming traffic on either side before they are visible in the reversing camera and provides audible and visual alerts to the driver.

Engineering

Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE)

This innovative body design structure uses the engine compartment to efficiently absorb and disperse collision energy during a head-on vehicle-to-vehicle collision. It features a frame structure composed of a highly efficient energy-absorbing mainframe, a bulkhead (upper frame) which absorbs the upper part of the collision energy, and a lower member that helps prevent misalignment of the frames of the vehicles involved.

This design disperses collision forces over a larger frontal area, which enhances energy absorption of the engine compartment, reduces the chance of deformation of the passenger compartment and results in enhanced occupant protection. At the same time, the structure reduces the chance of vertical or lateral misalignment between the vehicle and other vehicle's safety structures.

During a frontal collision, a conventional body structure generally concentrates the loads from the impact through two pathways running longitudinally through the lower portion of the frame. The body structure’s front-mounted polygonal main frame is designed to prevent cabin deformation by distributing forces through multiple major load bearing pathways and away from the passenger compartment.

The overall result is a high level of bending and twisting rigidity for the body, combined with enhanced crash-worthiness, with no additional weight penalty.

G-Con

G-Con stands for G-Force control body engineering - an advanced way of designing and engineering the vehicle body so that the G-forces of a crash are dissipated as much as possible and channelled away from the occupants.

Controlled crushability of critical body components, together with the way crash forces interact on the interior components of the car, are important aspects of G-Con, and this sophisticated engineering technique also facilitates the correct attachment and positioning of safety-critical components such as seatbelt mountings

G-Con construction is perfected and tested at Honda's omni-directional crash testing facilities, where a range of simulated crashes can be performed using vehicles of differing sizes, which collide at different relative angles.

Pedestrian friendly front end design

Careful design in a vehicle's frontal structure can have a major effect on the severity of injuries suffered in collisions with pedestrians.

Amongst the measures taken in the design of Honda vehicles to protect pedestrians are: crushable bonnets with breakaway hinges, breakaway windscreen wiper mounts, an absence of unyielding structures and careful attention to the design of the front bumper and grill area.

Airbags

SRS Airbags

More commonly known as the Airbag System.  SRS is designed to supplement the restraint provided by a seatbelt in an accident, not be the sole restraining system.

You must always wear your seatbelt whether your vehicle is equipped with SRS or not.

The SRS consists of one or more inflatable airbags which can be activated in a frontal accident, where an occupant's head and upper torso may come in contact with part of the vehicle.

The standard fitment is a driver's SRS airbag positioned within the steering wheel. SRS is also provided for the front seat passenger, and is positioned in the upper dashboard.

In a frontal accident where the occupant is likely to be thrown forward beyond the restraint provided by a seatbelt, an inflation signal is sent to the airbag(s) and seatbelt pretensioner. Airbag inflation occurs in one 100th of a second and deflates almost as quickly, quicker than an eye blink in total. The airbag cushions and slows down the forward movement of the head and upper torso - minimizing injury and helping to absorb energy.

There are precautions to observe when using an airbag equipped vehicle. Always sit at the maximum comfortable distance away from the steering wheel or dashboard. Never place a rearward facing child seat in the front, even with the seat fully back. It is highly recommended that any child seat be placed in the rear seats.

i-SRS (Supplementary Restraint System)

i-SRS is a development of the standard airbag Supplementary Restraint System (SRS). i-SRS controls front airbag and front seat belt pretensioner deployment, in a way that ensures optimum occupant protection according to the severity of a frontal collision. The system will also send an unlock signal to all doors 10 seconds after deployment of any airbag or pretensioner.

i-SRS independently deploys both seat belt pretensioners, and two stages of the driver's and passenger's airbag, all according to four deceleration conditions and if the seat belts are in use or not. By controlling deployment to suit varying collision conditions i-SRS ensures optimum occupant protection while minimising the risk of airbag-inflicted injuries.

SRS Side Airbag

Folded like a parachute, an airbag is made of strong lightweight nylon material. When sensors detect a rapid deceleration and/or a severe frontal or side impact, they act as switches, sending an electric current to an inflator in the airbag module.

The airbag deploys in a fraction of a second, helping to protect the head and upper torso from injury. The airbag quickly deflates after deployment to absorb energy.

In the event of a significant side-on impact, side airbags deploy to minimise the shock inflicted upon the front seat occupants' chest. On the passenger's side an Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) is incorporated which minimises the risk of airbag-inflicted injuries.

Side airbags are of low-volume type and are positioned in the outer seat-back bolster of each front seat to protect the occupant's chest. The chest is the area most prone to injury in a side-on collision.

OPDS determines the size and position of the passenger, and prevents deployment whenever it could cause head or neck injuries. It also alerts the driver by a warning light when the passenger's position is unsuitable for side airbag deployment. The passenger's seat-back incorporates six position sensors running from top to bottom. This determine the height and position of the occupant. A further sensor is incorporated into the left-hand seat-back bolster, this determines the lateral position of the occupant. Monitored on a continuous basis, signals from these sensors allow OPDS to determine the passenger's seated position. In a side-on collision OPDS can then calculate if it is safe to deploy the side airbag or not.

Curtain Airbag

Like the side airbags, the curtain airbags are designed to deploy in the case of side impact and in some cases roll over.

The curtain airbags are stored in the roof area above the side windows with a gas inflator in the rear pillar. Deployment of the airbag module creates a cushioning layer between the occupants' head and objects outside the vehicle, substantially reducing the effect of impact forces and potential head injury. Side impact sensors are located in the middle and rear of the vehicle on both sides. The fully opened curtain extends along the length of the side windows and to a depth in excess of the glass area.

Seatbelts

ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) Pretensioner seatbelts with load limiters are fitted in the front and rear of all Honda vehicles.

Pretensioners with load limiters provide additional protection over a standard ELR seatbelt in an accident.

In the event of a front or side impact above a certain limit where the SRS is deployed, the pretensioner instantly rewinds part of the seatbelt webbing to maximise the restraining effect on the user. If the load on the seatbelt increases due to the forward movement of the user's chest, the load limiter pays out a small amount of the seatbelt while maintaining a restraining effect. This operation reduces the pressure applied to the user's chest - reducing the risk of injury.

With SRS the pretensioner will always operate in unison with the airbags. With i-SRS the pretensioner is independent. In a moderate accident, where airbags will be of no assistance, only the pretensioners may be activated.

Pretensioner seatbelts with load limiter can be found with both Supplementary Restraint Systems (SRS) and Intelligent Supplementary Restraint Systems (i-SRS).

Pretensioners and Load Limiters

Pretensioners with load limiters are fitted to the front seats of Honda vehicles. In the event of a front or side impact above a certain limit, when the SRS is deployed, the pretensioner instantly rewinds part of the seatbelt webbing to maximise the restraining effect on the occupant. If the load on the seatbelt increases due to the forward movement of the occupant's chest, the load limiter pays out a small amount of the seatbelt while maintaining a restraining effect. This sequence reduces the pressure applied to the occupant's chest, reducing the risk of injury. As part of the way SRS is designed to operate, the pretensioner will always operate in unison with the airbags.

Child Seats

Nothing is stronger than a parent's instinct to protect. That's why you can trust Honda, where safety always comes first. All of our cars come with child seat top tether attachments and many also have ISOFIX child seat attachment sets.

ISOFIX is the International Standards Organisation method to fit child seats into cars easily as well as safely. In America this standard is called LATCH (Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children). This standard is the result of extensive research in the field of attachment security and car design.

ISOFIX works by providing a method of affixing the child seat without the seat belt or a locking clip. This makes it easier and quicker to fit the car seat correctly.

Honda's cutting-edge safety technology is why we consistently achieve the highest possible safety ratings on our cars.

Better Visibility

LED Headlights

Honda's high performance LED headlights are beautifully crafted, and blend form with function and safety. 

This technology is 50% more energy efficient than a regular headlight, whilst still being powerful and effective. 

Some Honda LED headlights also come with Auto Dimming technology, as well as Active Cornering Lights for safe driveway entry. 

Honda LED technology also features improved light distribution for better visibility in driving conditions. 

Active Cornering Lights

This system automatically boosts the lights when turning to help you see around corners. Additional lights illuminate to the side of the vehicle when cornering. This activates when the driver indicates or turns the steering wheel more than 110°. When the vehicle is in reverse, both lights will be activated for improved visibility to either side of the driver.

Intelligent Auto Headlights

If switched to auto function, headlights will automatically come on as soon as the ambient light conditions require it - day or night. When you get home the welcome-home function means the lights will stay on for a short while (allowing you to get to the door or out of the garage) and then automatically switch off. 

The Honda High Beam Support System automatically changes the headlights from low to high beam on a clear road, then back to low beam when following another car or an oncoming vehicle is detected. 

Combined with Active Cornering Lights, Auto On/Off Lights, Fog lights and LED High Visibility Lights, night driving has never been so easy.

Auto Reverse Tilt Mirrors

When reversing into a spot alongside a road,  the left-side mirror will automatically tilt downwards giving the driver a good view of the kerb and wheel, helping to ensure the wheels are not damaged and the car is parked close enough to the kerbside.

Multi-Angle Reversing Camera

Honda's multi-angle reversing camera shows what is behind you from three unique angles. 

Drivers may change their preferred reverse view to suit driving conditions. Choose to view either from the top down for close proximity, at a normal 130° angle, or a wide 180°.

This rearview camera system features a proximity ladder to take the guess-work out of reversing.

The Honda Odyssey also offers a full 360 degree view. Four fisheye cameras - on the front grille, the right and left door mirrors and on the tailgate. These cameras provide a 360 degree panoramic view of what is around the vehicle. With up to six views to choose from (including top down, front, side and rear) together they create the ‘Multi-view’. These cameras aren’t just for parking however. They also assist making safe decisions at intersections, in driveways and reversing. Parking is made much easier with projection lines calculated by steering angles and a top down view to show car park alignment.

Smart Parking Assist

The Honda Odyssey features a Smart Parking Assist System that can find a parking spot and park the car in it for you. First it recognises the parking spaces, Once you’ve checked the space is suitable, it then automatically steers the Odyssey into the park using the power steering.

Parking sensors

The parking sensor system which has front and rear sensors lets you know the approximate distance between your vehicle and most obstacles while you are parking. When the system is on and your vehicle is nearing an obstacle, you will hear beeping and see parking messages in the multi-information display.