Honda has unveiled their new Sensing driver-assistive system, ahead of its launch on the Legend later this year.

Described as "another step toward the realization of a collision-free society," the Sensing system uses a millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera to detect obstacles and pedestrians.

The system has five key functions including:

  • A Collision Mitigation Braking System which provides an audio and visual warning when there is a there is a risk of a head-on collision. If the driver fails to react, the car will automatically begin braking itself to prevent or reduce the severity of a crash.
  • A Road Departure Mitigation System which uses the camera to determine when the car strays from its lane. When this happens, the steering wheel vibrates and an audio warning is activated. Should the driver fail to react, the car will attempt to steer itself back into its lane. If the vehicle it straying too far off course, the car will automatically brake itself to prevent driving off the road.
  • A Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System which uses the radar and camera to detect pedestrians and the "boundary line on the side strip of the road." When the system determines that the car swaying towards the side strip and could hit a pedestrian, it will automatically steer itself out of the way to prevent a collision.
  • A False Start Prevention Function which works at stop lights to determine if the driver hits the accelerator too fast when another car is still ahead of it. When this happens, the car will prevent the acceleration and provide audio and visual warning as well as vibrations on the accelerator pedal.
  • A Lead Car Departure Notification System which provides an audio and visual notification when the car in front starts up from standstill traffic.

The system also has a variety of other features including Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.

Check out the press release for additional information

Gallery: Honda introduces their Sensing driver-assistive system

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