Honda Technologies
Honda Sensing Package

Honda Sensing:

Honda Sensing™ Technologies.

Honda Sensing™ Technologies are designed to help make your drive safer. With intuitive technology and design, we’ve created a way forward that we can all feel good about. Whether you’re driving or sitting in the passenger seat, get added peace of mind from the latest in safety innovation from Honda.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system.

The available FCW system that is integrated with the available CMBS® is designed to detect the presence of vehicles in front of you and issue alerts if you’re approaching with too much speed. If you fail to respond to the alerts, the CMBS® is triggered into operation. U.S. Honda Pilot model is shown for illustrative purposes only.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS®).

To help reduce the likelihood or severity of a frontal impact, the available CMBS®* is engineered to apply brake pressure if you don’t slow down when it senses you’re at risk of a collision. If it still senses an imminent collision, CMBS® is designed to brake firmly. U.S. Honda Pilot model is shown for illustrative purposes only.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system.

The available LDW system* is designed to monitor vehicle lane position and alert you if your vehicle drifts into a new lane when you haven’t signaled. U.S. Honda Pilot model is shown for illustrative purposes only.

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS).

The available LKAS* is engineered to gently correct your steering if you begin to leave a detected lane without signaling, applying torque progressively to the steering to help guide you back to the centre of the lane. U.S. Honda Pilot model is shown for illustrative purposes only.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system.

The available Road Departure Mitigation system* is designed to help steer and even apply the brakes to help keep the vehicle from leaving the road. U.S. Honda Pilot model is shown for illustrative purposes only.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF).

The available ACC system* is designed to keep a set speed and set following interval behind the vehicle detected ahead of yours, including the ability to start and stop the vehicle with the flow of traffic. U.S. Honda Pilot model is shown for illustrative purposes only.

Honda Hybrids

What is a hybrid vehicle?

A hybrid vehicle is an automobile powered by an engine assisted by an electric motor.

Hybrid vehicles Combining fuel efficiency, low running cost and performance

In a Hybrid vehicle, the electric motor assists the engine to help reduce fuel consumption in standing starts and accelerations. This means that compared to a regular car of the same size, a hybrid is cheaper to run.

Furthermore, electric motors deliver maximum torque from zero rpm for powerful, exhilarating standing starts and added power for acceleration.

Combining fuel efficiency, and driving performance with environmental performance through reduced fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions: that is what hybrid vehicles are all about.

Types of hybrid vehicles.

Today, there are three different types of hybrid vehicles:

Honda chose the simple parallel hybrid design in which the engine is the main power source.

Since the parallel hybrid design is simpler, it can be made lighter.
Lower weight in turn helps improve vehicle performance and fuel efficiency.
Since the engine serves as the main power source, engine power and electric motor power can be transmitted to the wheels directly for a sportier, more enjoyable driving experience.

How the Honda Hybrid System Works.

Honda believes that the engine plays an all-important role, even in hybrid powerplants.

A variety of hybrid systems are in use in automobiles today. Honda’s lightweight and simple design features a parallel system in which the motor assists the engine as required.
Since in a parallel system the engine serves as the main power source, Honda has further refined the engine, developing a new i-VTEC engine around the core of its original valve-control technology. In addition to achieving both powerful torque and high fuel economy, the new engine optimizes efficiency with such innovations as deactivating all cylinders during deceleration for improved regenerative braking. This results in outstanding environmental performance combined with impressive acceleration.

Motor-alone and cylinder-Idle modes provide improved fuel efficiency and increased driving pleasure.

The electric motor provides ample power to allow low-speed cruising under motor power alone. Moreover, the i-VTEC engine controls valve operation to permit deactivating of all four cylinders, for improved regenerative braking efficiency during deceleration.
Vehicle stationary

Idle stop
Startup and acceleration

Motor assist
Low-speed cruising / gentle acceleration
All 4 cylinders deactivated, the vehicle is powered by the motor alone
High-speed cruising

Vehicle powered by engine alone
Rapid acceleration

Motor assist

All 4 cylinders are deactivated and energy is recovered through regenerative braking

Slim and compact, the motor of the Honda Hybrid System is no larger than the flywheel of a conventional engine.

In a conventional car there is a flywheel between the engine and the transmission, serving to smooth out fluctuations in engine torque for smooth engine operation. The electric motor in the Honda Hybrid System is slim and compact enough to fit into the space usually taken up by the flywheel. And the rotor in the electric motor serves as the flywheel. This is why the Honda Hybrid System fits in to existing vehicles as is. Honda is hard at work on further hybrid technology development to make hybrid cars even more a part of our lives.

Honda Powertrain

Honda's CVT

Why is fuel economy superior?
1) Using the engine’s efficient range to improve fuel economy

Engines have a speed range in which they are most efficient. CVT keeps the engine running within this range, improving fuel economy.

Why is the ride smoother?
2) Smooth gear changes mean a smoother ride

Automatic transmissions that use gears need to switch between gear positions, while CVT does not. Since power from the engine is continuously fed to the tires, the ride is smoother.

How does CVT work?
3) How CVT infinitely controls power from the engine to the tires

With CVT, diameters of the areas where the two pulleys meet the belt can be infinitely varied (Figure 1). Each pulley consists of two conical plates facing each other, which by moving closer or further apart, changes the diameter of the area meeting the belt (Figure 2).
The belt consists of metallic rings and segments, and is flexible and durable (Figure 3).

Honda's emphasis?
4) “Honda Control” realizes a sporty ride

With Honda’s CVT, when the car determines it is driving in a sporty manner, such as on a winding mountain road, it automatically maintains a higher engine speed - a Honda-unique feature.
This allows a sporty and smooth ride with deceleration that efficiently uses engine braking, stable cornering by maintaining driving power and powerful acceleration at the engine’s most powerful speed range.

i-VTEC Technology
What are the key advantages of i-VTEC?

Class-leading power and fuel efficiency High performance and low fuel consumption in a single engine

i-VTEC: high power + low fuel consumptions

i-VTEC regulates the opening of air-fuel intake valves and exhaust valves in accordance with engine speeds
By regulating valve opening to match engine speed, the agile i-VTEC engine adjusts its characteristics to realize both superior power and low fuel consumption.
With i-VTEC engine technology, Honda is working to ensure environmental responsibility while delivering driving pleasure.

Honda Safety Technologies

What is a crash-compatibility body?

The crash-compatibility body takes collision safety to a new level, protecting not just its own occupants but the occupants of the other vehicle as well, regardless of whether the vehicles involved in a collision are large or small.

Respect for the individual is one of Honda’s basic principles, and it is thoroughly applied in our approach to safety. That’s why we are committed to the ongoing development of the crash-compatibility body, one of our original G-Force Control Technologies designed to control the impact energy (‘g-force’) of a collision and reduce injuries.

Independent Honda research points to three factors in ensuring improved safety for the occupants of both vehicles in a collision

Our own independent analyses revealed the importance of crash-compatibility bodies in increasing safety for all motorists at an early stage. Even before the establishment of relevant regulations, we had already applied our own technologies to develop safer automobile bodies.
Our own studies of collisions point to three factors affecting the safety of occupants in both vehicles in a collision, and the measures required to enhance safety.

Different Frames

Different Weight

Different strength

Honda’s original methods for dealing with these three factors

Based on our own research, Honda has moved beyond the conventional body structure in which the force of a collision is concentrated in and absorbed by only two main frame members. We have developed a crash-compatibility body that uses multiple frame components to form an impact-absorbing surface that:

  1. ensures frame contact;
  2. disperses collision loads; and
  3. improves energy absorption.
Honda establishes the world’s first indoor omni-directional Crash Test Safety
Facility in pursuit of greater safety in real-world crash situations

Honda was the world’s first automaker to establish an indoor omni-directional Crash Test Safety Facility for conducting research in real-world collision safety. It was our passion for safety that led us to establish this facility, a vital component of our advanced accident analysis and research initiatives, and a major step toward the development of the crash-compatibility body.

How the crash-compatibility body works

Let’s take a closer look at how the crash-compatibility body helps to:

  1. prevent misalignment;
  2. disperse collision loads; and
  3. improve energy absorption.