Honda has released details of its Sensing 360 omnidirectional safety and driver-assistive system. Evolved from previous iterations, the updated ADAS now features an expanded sensing range not only in the front and rear but omnidirectionally around the vehicle. It will be deployed from 2022, starting with the Chinese market.
The 360° coverage is achieved using five millimeter-wave radars – one fitted at the front of the vehicle and one on each corner – which work in conjunction with a camera-based vision system. The Sensing 360 system provides the following five functions:
Collision mitigation braking system (CMBS)
When making a right or left turn at an intersection and the system detects other vehicles or pedestrians and recognizes the risk of a collision, the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) kicks in. Compared with the CMBS of the current Honda Sensing, Sensing 360 has a broader range of detection that has been expanded from in front of the vehicle to include all directions around the vehicle. This enables the system to assist the driver in the avoidance and mitigation of a collision with another vehicle or pedestrian entering the intersection at the same time from a different direction.
Front cross-traffic warning
When a vehicle is driving at a low speed or starting from a stop at an intersection, the system gives the driver information about vehicles approaching the intersection from the sides and front. When it recognizes the risk of a collision with the crossing vehicle, the system provides audio and visual warnings on the meter to alert the driver and prompt collision avoidance actions.
Lane-change collision mitigation
When making a lane change, the system helps avoid a collision with a vehicle approaching from behind in the adjacent lane. When the system recognizes the risk of collision with a vehicle approaching from the blind spot behind the vehicle, it provides audio and visual warnings on the meter to alert the driver and assist steering for collision avoidance.
Active lane-change assist
While driving with adaptive cruise control (ACC) with low-speed follow and the lane-keeping assist system (LKAS) activated, and when certain conditions are satisfied on an expressway, the system will initiate a lane change maneuver when the driver puts on the turn signal.
Cornering speed assist
While cornering on a multi-lane highway, with ACC engaged, the system automatically adjusts vehicle speed. Using the front camera, it detects the curvature of the lane before reaching the bend and helps the driver complete smooth cornering.