Honda to introduce world's first predictive safety cruise control system

13/01/2015 09:46

Honda to introduce world's first predictive safety cruise control system

Honda to introduce world's first predictive safety cruise control system

Honda is set to introduce the world's first predictive cruise control system known as Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC).

Based on real-world research, Honda's i-ACC uses a camera and radar to sense the position of other vehicles on the road. It then applies an algorithm to predict the likelihood of those vehicles cutting lanes by evaluating relations between multiple vehicles, therefore enabling the equipped Honda to react automatically, quickly and safely.

i-ACC recognises the side of the road you are driving on whether in the UK or on the continent and automatically detects which neighbouring vehicle is the most critical to be aware of at any given moment.

Dr. Kleinehagenbrock, responsible for i-ACC at Honda R&D Europe said: "i-ACC takes cruise control systems to a whole new level, offering what we call 'predictive safety."

i-ACC will make its debut on the new CR-V, building upon the brand's traditional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system. Traditional ACC systems keep a preselected longitudinal velocity, which is only reduced for maintaining a safe distance to a car in front. However, if a vehicle cuts-in from a neighboring lane, the system reacts later and requires stronger braking.

The new i-ACC system is able to compute the likelihood of a cut-in up to five seconds before it occurs, preventing sharp braking. Instead, the system applies just a mild brake initially, with an icon appearing on the driver display, to inform the driver why a slow-down occurs. It then proceeds to apply a stronger brake to adapt the velocity to keep a safe distance.

Dr. Schmuedderich, responsible for i-ACC at Honda Research Institute Europe Gmb, added: "i-ACC is a significant breakthrough and a considerable further step towards a new generation of driver assistance systems that anticipate the behavior of other traffic participants."

by: Sophie Williamson-Stothert

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