Safety technology timeline

Honda continues to enhance safety technologies while assessing real-world conditions in an effort to assure safety for everyone in our mobility-oriented society. This section introduces some of the history behind the evolution of those safety technologies in the form of a timeline.

1960s

【Automobiles】  
1963 (First in a domestically produced vehicle) Honda introduces the two-point seatbelt, standard equipment (S500).
1967 Honda introduces a car with a monocoque body (N360).
1968 Honda introduces a car with disc brakes (S800M).

Two-point seatbelt (1963: S500)

1970s

【Automobiles】  
1971 Honda begins research into radar, including car-to-car range control.
1976 Honda introduces the three-point ELR seatbelt (Accord).
1979 Honda introduces a car with halogen headlights (Civic).

Halogen headlights (1979: Civic)

1980s

【Automobiles】  
1981 (First in the world) Honda introduces the Electro Gyrocator, a car navigation system.
1982 (First in a domestically produced vehicle) Honda introduces an anti-lock braking system for automobiles (Prelude).
1986 Honda begins research into automated driving.
1987 (First in the world) Honda introduces the Honda 4WS, a wheel angle-based automobile steering system (Prelude).
  (First in a domestically produced vehicle) Honda introduces an SRS airbag system for the driver's seat (Legend).

Electro Gyrocator (1981)

Honda 4WS (1987: Prelude)

1990s

【Automobiles】  
1990 (First in a domestically produced vehicle) Honda introduces an SRS airbag system for the passenger's seat with a proprietary top-mounted design (Legend).
  (First in a domestically produced vehicle) Honda introduces a seatbelt pre-tensioner (Legend).
1993 Honda introduces omnidirectional collision-safe bodies (Accord, Ascot, Rafaga).
1995 Honda introduces a series of ASV-1 advanced safety research vehicles to study automatic braking.
1996 Honda introduces the Active Torque Transfer System (ATTS) (Prelude).
  Honda conducts public testing of its automated driving system.
1997 Honda introduces Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) (Accord, Torneo).
  Honda announces the Honda Intelligent Driver Support System (HiDS), which provides assistance on expressways.
  Honda introduces pre-tensioner ELR seatbelts with load limiters (Accord, Torneo).
1998 Honda introduces a body designed to reduce pedestrian injury in the event of a collision (HR-V).
  (First in the world) Honda introduces the i-SRS airbag system (Legend).
  (First in the world) Honda introduces the i-side airbag system with passenger's seat occupant posture detection functionality (Legend).
  (First in the world) Honda introduces the POLAR I pedestrian test dummy.
【Motorcycles】  
1995 (First in the world) Honda introduces the M.A.-C. ABS braking system for small motorcycles.
  (First in the world) Honda introduces the T.R.-C. ABS braking system for large motorcycles.

i-SRS airbag system (1998: Legend)

2000s

【Automobiles】  
2000 Honda begins testing of its HiDS expressway driving assist system on public roads.
  Honda introduces a series of ASV-2 advanced safety research vehicles to study a collision speed reduction system.
  (First in the world) Honda constructs the indoor omnidirectional Real World Crash Test Facility.
  Honda introduces the POLAR II second-generation pedestrian test dummy.
2002 Honda introduces the HiDS expressway driving assist system (Accord).
  Honda introduces a side curtain airbag system (Accord).
2003 Honda introduces the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) (Step WGN).
  (First in the world) Honda introduces the Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), with E-Pretensioner (Inspire).
  Honda introduces a compatibility body (Life).
2004 (First in the world) Honda introduces an intelligent night vision system with driver alert functionality (Legend).
  (First in the world) Honda introduces the Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system (Legend).
2005 Honda introduces its ASV-3 advanced safety research vehicle to study vehicle/vehicle communications.
2008 Honda introduces a multi-view camera system.
  Honda introduces a series of ASV-4 advanced safety research vehicles to study vehicle/vehicle as well as road/vehicle communications.
  Honda introduces the Driving Safety Support System (DSSS).
  (First in the world) Honda introduces the i-SRS airbag system (continuously-staged inflation type).
  Honda introduces a pop-up hood system (Legend).
  Honda introduces the POLAR III third-generation pedestrian test dummy.
【Motorcycles】  
2000 Honda expands its ASV-2 advanced safety vehicle research project to include motorcycles.
2005 (First in the world) Honda introduces an airbag system for motorcycles.
  Honda completes its ASV-3 advanced safety research vehicle (featuring conspicuity enhancement designs and other enhancements).
2008 Honda conducts trial testing of its ASV-4 research vehicles on public roads.
  (First in the world) Honda introduces Combined ABS, a new electronically controlled braking system for super-sports models.

Collision testing with POLAR II at Honda's indoor omnidirectional Real World Crash Test Facility

ASV-4 advanced safety research vehicles (2008)

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