Honda announced plans to expand the capabilities of its previously announced Honda Sensing 360 and Honda Sensing Elite advanced safety and driver assistive systems. The improved Honda Sensing 360 system will begin rolling out in the 2nd half of the decade and will be standard on all new Honda and Acura models in the U.S. by 2030. The Acura version of Honda Sensing 360 will bear the AcuraWatch™ name.
These latest safety advances reflect a global vision announced by Honda global CEO Toshihiro Mibe in April 2021, to strive for both zero traffic collision fatalities involving Honda motorcycles and automobiles globally by 2050 and carbon-neutrality for its products and corporate activities by 2050. M
With an expanded sensory range around the entire vehicle and currently available on certain models sold in China, the first generation of Honda Sensing 360 mitigates blind spots to enhance collision avoidance, while also reducing driver burden. Starting in China in 2024, the next generation of Honda Sensing 360 will feature new technologies to further reduce driver burden by reducing the likelihood of collisions through accurate detection of abnormal conditions occurring to the driver and the vehicle’s surroundings. By reducing health-related or human error-triggered collisions with these new technologies, Honda will strive to offer vehicles which encourage customers to want to go out more actively and go farther in their vehicles.
Honda also will accelerate the advancement and popularization of Honda Sensing Elite, a flagship variation of Honda Sensing featuring advanced safety technologies. Honda has been developing technologies that will assist the driver to achieve a safe and seamless ride from home to their destination with complete peace of mind on any roads, including non-expressways. This includes technologies to assist the driver on non-expressways including a hands-off function while driving through a traffic jam on arterial roads; to enable hands-off functions during merging onto and exiting from an expressway at a road junction; to assist the driver by automatically parking in and driving out of a home garage.
Through the application of Honda’s original AI, which “grows” while accumulating experiences, much like humans, Honda Sensing Elite increases its capability to recognize complex scenes and handle driving situations that occur in complex environments such as on non-expressways. Specific launch plans for the next generation of Honda Sensing Elite have not yet been announced.
Since the U.S. introductions in 2014 of Honda Sensing® in the 2015 Honda CR-V, and AcuraWatch™ in the 2015 Acura TLX, application of these advanced safety and driver-assistive systems has expanded throughout the Honda and Acura lineups. Today, nearly 7 million vehicles on U.S. roads have the benefit of Honda Sensing® and AcuraWatch™ technologies.
As for future plans, Honda is striving to equip all of its new automobile models globally with Honda SENSING (including the 360 and Elite variations) with a motorcycle detection function by 2030. Moreover, Honda will strive to equip all new models in all major markets with Honda SENSING 360 by 2030, while also continuing to advance Honda SENSING functions. Through these initiatives, Honda is aiming to reduce global traffic collision fatalities involving Honda motorcycles and automobiles by half by 2030.
Honda Commitment to Safety
Honda is committed to “Safety for Everyone” and is working to further improve safety for everyone sharing the road. The company’s goal is zero traffic collision fatalities involving Honda motorcycles and automobiles globally by 2050. Honda operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash-test facilities in Ohio and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in crashworthiness, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety.
Advanced passive safety features include Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and next-generation driver and passenger front airbag technology, which are designed to provide a high level of collision protection for occupants. Advanced active safety and driver-assistive systems found in Honda Sensing® and AcuraWatch™ technologies, now on nearly 7 million vehicles on U.S. roads, are designed to reduce the frequency and severity of collisions while also serving as a technological and perceptual bridge to the more highly automated vehicles of the future.