Honda has announced that Honda Sensing 360 will be standard on all Honda and Acura models in the United States by 2030. According to the automaker, Honda Sensing 360 is an omni-directional safety and driver-assistive system, with an expanded sensory range around the entire vehicle to remove blind spots and enhance collision avoidance. Honda Sensing 360 is an integral part of the automaker’s global vision of achieving zero traffic fatalities and carbon-neutrality by 2050.
Honda Sensing 360 relies on inputs from five millimeter-wave radar units around the vehicle, in conjunction with a monocular camera similar to the one used by the current Honda Sensing system. In essence, Honda Sensing 360 is the next iteration of Honda Sensing and Acura Watch, which debuted in the 2015 CR-V and TLX (the Acura version of Honda Sensing 360 will retain the AcuraWatch name in North America). According to Honda, nearly six million vehicles in the U.S. are equipped with either Honda Sensing or AcuraWatch packages.
“Honda Sensing 360 represents the next major step in what has already been an industry-leading application of safety and driver-assistive technologies,” said Gary Robinson, assistant vice president of Product Planning at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Honda will continue to advance our technologies to improve safety for everyone sharing the road and play a leading role in realizing a collision-free society.”
Global application of Honda Sensing 360 will begin in China in 2022, with the U.S. market to follow by 2030. In the meantime, Honda notes that its ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure will remain a fundamental part of its future vehicles. ACE employs a network of interconnected structural elements to absorb and distribute frontal crash energy away from the passenger compartment. ACE also supports other safety innovations from the automaker, like the “Catcher’s Mitt” airbag found in the 2021 TLX.