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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
No. 760: Vehicle safety technology is growing more sophisticated (1/3) (August 28, 2013)
Honda Hybrid Accord
Honda new Hybrid Accord is selling very fast, recording sales of 7,000 units in about
one month after it was put on the market in June this year. More than 60% of
the 7,000 units are the upmarket model priced at 3,900,000 yen. The high
popularity of this model is attributable to the driving support system on the
express highway. Honda introduced its lane keeping assist system (LKAS) to this
upmarket model. The high performance camera installed on the windshield
monitors the position of the while line showing the lane on the express highway
while the vehicle is traveling. When the vehicle runs off the lane, a force is
applied to the steering wheel automatically to get the vehicle back to the lane.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
this system always fine-tunes the position of the vehicle, it reduces the
fatigue of the driver. Honda says, “About 90% of the drivers traveling with an IT-assisted
automatic control system are happy with the reduced fatigue.” The development guidelines
for IT-assisted vehicle control systems published by the government stipulate
that the LKAS should be activated at higher than 65 km/h because false
recognition caused by the camera supposedly hardly occurs. In June, the government
reduced the target speed to 50 km/h with a view to applying the LKAS to vehicles
travelling on the local street.