CRV gets a Helping Hand

When travelling at 100 kilometres per hour, a vehicle is passing the equivalent of two suburban house frontages every second. Diverting attention for a mere two seconds would see a car pass four houses or 46 meters. There is a high potential for situations to develop in that time.

Mitigating this risk is Honda’s new technology available in the CRV Sport NT – incorporating Honda's top class Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). This is a way of giving drivers a Helping Hand by assisting with the small stuff of driving and letting the driver focus on the important areas.

The helping hand is a set of active safety technologies that help control the vehicle at speed. ADAS specifically includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Collision Mitigation Braking Systems.

Adaptive Cruise Control expands cruise control to allow the vehicle speed to fluctuate with speed variations in traffic flows and retain a selected following distance. Lane Keep Assist is designed for dual carriage-ways and keeps an eye on the lanes so when the driver’s attention is diverted the vehicle doesn't drift across lanes. These two systems reduce fatigue from the "small stuff" of driving. That fatigue is not immediately apparent until relief is experienced through these systems.

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) adds an extra layer. When travelling at speed, it can be difficult to assess how much a vehicle in front has slowed relative to the drivers’ car and this can lead to collisions. CMBS detects significant speed variances and alerts the driver to potential collision situations with time to avoid or reduce speed. This is done through three alerts, plus an initial application of braking and seat belt slack is retracted in case of collision.

The CRV Sport NT’s Helping Hand features also include Vehicle Stability Assist, Trailer Stability Assist, Active Cornering Headlights, rain sensing wipers and more, allowing drivers to focus on core driving skills and reduce fatigue.

Drivers retain control of the vehicle, but they don't need to spend so much effort on the “small stuff”, arriving fresher and safer at their destination.

The range showcases a great mix of advanced technologies, all working in accord and demonstrating Honda’s role as a world leader in motor vehicle technology with an annual R&D spend of more than $7 billion.

Honda’s New Zealand Head of Marketing Graeme Meyer says the investment in technology and commitment to R&D excellent can be seen in the CRV Sport NT, Honda’s latest addition to the CRV lineup.

“New Zealand drivers value safety on our long and winding roads and this extra Helping Hand adds to CRV’s impressive global safety record, with the car receiving 5 stars in the Euro NCAP, ANCAP, JNCAP and NHTSA crash tests since 2012.”

Pricing starts at $37,900 for the 2WD S manual, $39,900 for the 2WD S auto, $46,600 for the N, $51,700 for the Sport N and $57,500 for the Sport NT.