Honda Promises New Safety Technology Coming by Decade's End

Honda Sensing 360
Honda's technology currently performs functions that other automakers like Hyundai have employed. Honda Motor Co., Ltd

A next-generation suite of safety and driver assist technologies will come to Honda and Acura models in the U.S. as standard equipment by 2030, delivering expanded capabilities that are designed to reduce "driver burden" according to a release from the automaker.

The announcement moves the dial on the April 2021 global vision for the company that was announced by Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe. Honda strives to achieve zero traffic collision fatalities involving Honda motorcycles and automobiles globally by 2050. The company also hopes to be carbon neutral by that point.

Honda Sensing 360 will first roll out in China in 2022. Acura's version of the software will carry the AcuraWatch name in North America.

The first iteration of Honda Sensing for U.S. audiences was added to vehicles in 2014 in the 2015 Honda CR-V while the 2015 Acura TLX received the first version of AcuraWatch.

Nearly six million vehicles on the road today utilize the technology.

"Honda Sensing 360 represents the next major step in what has already been an 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 everyone sharing the road and play a leading role in realizing a collision-free society."

Honda Sensing 360
The new technology utilizes five radar devises and one video camera. Honda Motor Co., Ltd

Honda Sensing 360 uses five advanced millimeter-wave radar units around the vehicle and a monocular camera 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 enabled.

The technology isn't the only safety step forward Honda has introduced. A new type of airbag was developed by the company and recently made its way in the redesigned 2021 Acura TLX and 2022 Acura MDX.

The airbag works like a catcher's glove, wrapping around the head and neck of a car's front seat passenger disallowing twisting or thrusting motion that is possible with traditional airbags.