Honda will be offering Honda Sensing System in its Civic sedan model for an additional $1000. However, it is not an automated driving. Instead it is closer to what is called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems or ADAS. The technology includes Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow, Collision Mitigating Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist as well as Road Departure Mitigation.
Honda will be using Honda Sensing and AEB, radar and a camera to create virtual safety bubble around the car. If the system detects a potential crash, it will alert the driver via Forward Collision Warning for the driver to take a certain action to avoid the collision. However, in case if there is not enough time for the driver to avoid the collision, the Collision Mitigating Braking System will be activated and thus the car is brought to a stop. The system is smart enough to differentiate another vehicle and pedestrians. This is seen as a step towards an autonomous driving capability.
The Lane Keeping Assist technology is able to keep the car at the centre of the lane when driving on highway and if the car is drifting away from the centre without a turning signal activated, the technology will automatically steer the car back to the centre of the lane. On top of that if the driver leaves the lane without a signal, there will be audio and visual warnings to bring the driver’s attention back to the road.
Honda’s goal is to reduce collision caused by its vehicles by 2020 and to have collision free by 2050.