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Honda Safety Technology
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Based on the principle of "Respect for the Individual", Honda continues to pursue greater safety in all the cars we build.
This means enhanced active safety technologies to help avoid accidents, and passive safety technologies to protect people should an accident occur.
What's more, Honda has also developed and put into practical use "Honda pre-crash safety technology" that assesses the risk of a collision and reduces harm in the event of a crash. Honda's safety technologies evolve further through research and repeated testing in a variety of real-world crash scenarios.

Active Safety
Improving basic running, turning and braking performance
Advancing ABS, VSA and other control technologies
Passive Safety
Honda Pre-Crash Safety Technology for predicting accidents and mitigating injury when they occur

Collision Mitigation brake System (CMS) and
Pre-Crash Safety
Advancing G-force Control Technology
Advancing airbag systems

Honda Pre-Crash Safety Technology
Honda Pre-Crash Safety Technology continues to advance based on the concept of assessing collision risk and reducing harm in the event of a crash. Our very first achievements in this field are the CMS (Collision Mitigation brake System) and
E-pretensioner (driver's seat). The system uses millimeter wave radar (employed by HiDS*) to gauge the distance to the vehicle ahead when moving, and estimates relative vehicle speed and other parameters. When the system computer determines a high risk of collision, the system alerts the driver with warnings, and provides brake assistance and seatbelt control to support the driver's hazard avoidance actions and reduce injury should a collision occur.

*Honda Intelligent Driver Support System (HIDS)
Alleviating driver fatigue also helps to prevent accidents from occurring. Based on this approach, we developed Honda Intelligent Driver Support (HIDS) aimed at relieving driver stress to reduce fatigue during highway driving. HIDS provides highway driving assistance through a combination of Intelligent Highway Cruise Control (IHCC) - which controls vehicle speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front - and the Lane-Keeping Assist System (LKAS), which helps to prevent lane departure.

Illustration of Collision Mitigation Brake System and E-pretensioner (Driver's Seat) Operations
Close to vehicle ahead
Millimeter radar detects a vehicle ahead when in motion. If the system determines a collision risk as the vehicle ahead is approached, it gives audio and visual warnings.
Close to vehicle ahead
The system automatically applies light braking and slightly increases seatbelt tension to deliver tactile warning to the driver.
Collision unavoidable
The system automatically applies the brakes and securely tightens the seatbelt to reduce injury caused by impact.

The further evolution of G-force Control Technology
Honda continues to advance its unique G-force Control technology to reduce injuries by controlling the impact-energy of a collision (G). One area of research is crash compatibility, which investigates collisions between vehicles of different size, structure and hardness. This technology both increases self-protection and reduces impact severity on other vehicles in a collision. To successfully achieve these mutually conflicting goals, Honda designed an energy-absorbing car body that efficiently absorbs and disperses crash energy throughout the engine compartment. This crash compatibility body is employed for the first time in the New Life.

Crash compatibility body
Upper FrameAbsorbing upper part of collision energy
Lower MemberPreventing misalignmentof impact absorbingvehicle members Main FrameHighly efficient energy absorption

Side curtain airbag system - mitigating impact to the head during a side collision
Honda developed its side curtain airbag system to more effectively reduce the risk of head injury in a side impact. In the event of a side collision, the system assures protection over a wide area of the head, neck and thorax for passengers of all sizes, from children to adults. Side curtain airbag deployment is of particular benefit in preventing the head impacting with the car's center pillar.

Airbag system
Picture shows an explanatory composite image of deployed driver's and passenger's  i-SRS airbag system, front seat i-Side airbag system and curtain airbag system.


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