A next-generation suite of safety and driver assistance technologies will arrive as standard equipment in Honda and Acura models in the US by 2030, providing expanded capabilities designed to reduce “driver burden,” according to a release from the automaker. Will do
The announcement moves the dial on the April 2021 global outlook for the company that was announced by Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe. Honda strives to achieve zero traffic collision deaths globally by 2050, including Honda motorcycles and automobiles. The company also expects to be carbon neutral by that point.
The Honda Sensing 360 will debut in China in 2022. The version of Acura’s software will have the name AcuraWatch in North America.
The first iteration of Honda Sensing for a US audience was added to vehicles in 2014 in the 2015 Honda CR-V, while the 2015 Acura TLX received the first version of the Acurawatch.
About six million vehicles on the road today use the technology.
“The Honda Sensing 360 represents the next major step in the industry-leading application of safety and driver-assistive technologies,” said Gary Robinson, assistant vice president of product planning at American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
“Honda will continue to advance our technologies to improve safety for all who share the road and play a leading role in realizing a collision-free society.”
Honda Sensing 360 uses five advanced millimeter-wave radar units and a monocular camera around the vehicle to achieve its results.
The suite of technology currently includes Advanced Forward Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian Detection, Forward Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Collision Avoidance Assist, Active Land Change Assist and Cornering Speed Assist. These technologies are already readily available in various forms on luxury vehicles and some Hyundai models are similarly capable.
Technology is not the only safety step that Honda has introduced. A new type of airbag was developed by the company and made its way into the recently redesigned 2021 Acura TLX and 2022 Acura MDX.
The airbag acts like a catcher glove, which wraps around the head and neck of the front seat passenger of the car, preventing twisting or thrusting motion possible with conventional airbags.