Honda LaneWatch™ is designed to enhance driver awareness when changing lanes to the right or even for parallel parking. The system features a camera mounted on the bottom of the passenger side door mirror. When the right turn signal is activated, an image of the area to the right rear of the vehicle is shown on the display. It's important to point out that this is designed to be an enhancement for the driver and not a substitute for visually confirming that it's safe to change lanes. Drivers must always use their mirrors as well as look around and behind the vehicle before changing lanes. A button on the end of the turn signal level activates a constant real-time display, whether the turn signal has been turned on or not. The display includes guidelines to help judge distances. The line closest to the vehicle indicates a distance of about ten feet behind the rear bumper, the second line is about 36 ft back, and the third is roughly 78 ft behind the car. Some wonder why Honda LaneWatch™ doesn't cover the driver's side of the vehicle. First, the driver's range of vision through the driver's side window is much greater. Plus, it's more intuitive for drivers to look to the left when checking that side of the vehicle, rather than looking at the screen in the center stack.
The Lane Departure Warning System or LDW is designed to alert the driver if the vehicle is leaving the detected lane and the turn signal hasn't been activated. Standard on select models, LDW uses a camera shared by the FCW System, mounted behind the windshield near the rearview mirror. The camera is designed to recognize lane markings so the system can detect when the vehicle is about to leave its lane. The system engages at speeds at 45 mph and above on relatively straight or slightly curved roads. If the vehicle begins to move out of a detected lane without a turn signal activated, the system flashes the LDW indicator on the instrument panel. Or a lane departure message on select model's MID and sounds a series of beeps, advising drivers to take appropriate action. The system does not correct or provide steering inputs on its own. The system can be turned off or back on again by pressing the LDW button, located to the left of the steering column. There are certain conditions under which the system may not engage or operate including during inclement weather and when there is extreme interior heat. And it will automatically suspend operation when the brakes are applied, or the turn signals are used. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures. Accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. The driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions.
Several Honda models now feature the Smart Entry system with Push Button Start. As long as the Smart Entry remote is about 32" from the driver's door, such as in a pocket or handbag, this premium feature will unlock the door by simply touching the inside of the handle. It unlocks after a brief delay for signal validation. Note that if the handle is touched while wearing gloves, the system might respond more slowly or may not unlock the doors at all. Once in the driver's seat, start the engine on automatic transmission equipped models, by just stepping on the brake pedal and pressing the engine Start/Stop model. On manual transmission models, the clutch must be depressed. If the accessory mode is desired without starting the engine, simply press the Start/Stop button without stepping on the brake or clutch pedal. To turn the engine off, make sure the shift lever is in park and press the engine Start/Stop button again. To turn the engine off on manual transmissions, if the engine is in neutral, simply press the Start/Stop button. If the engine is in any other gear besides neutral, depress the clutch pedal then press the Smart/Stop button. In an emergency, the engine can be shut down by quickly pressing the engine Start/Stop button two times or by holding the button for two seconds. After exiting the car, the doors can be locked by touching the button on the outside of the driver's or passenger's door handle. If the Smart Entry remote has been left in the car, the doors won't lock until the remote has been removed. This prevents you from being locked out of the car. Unlocking and opening the trunk lid or the tailgate is just as easy as the doors. When the Smart Entry remote is within about 32" or if the car's doors are already unlocked. Simply press the trunk release button, and the trunk lid will pop open. If the remote is left inside the trunk and the lid is closed, a beep will sound, and the trunk lid will pop open again, automatically. And it should be noted that if the vehicle's engine is running and the driver exits the vehicle with the Smart Entry Fob, beeps will sound to alert the driver. To engage the Valet Trunk Lockout Feature on select models, these actions are required: turning off the trunk's main switch in the glove compartment, locking the compartment, and locking the trunk-lid release lever as well. However, an easier method of engaging the Valet Trunk Lockout Feature was introduced on the main 2014 Civic. The main switch has been combined with the trunk lid release lock. So just locking it gets the job.
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ or CMBS™, is designed to help reduce the likelihood of a collision by alerting the driver. Plus it can take steps to help mitigate the severity of impact when a collision if the system determines a collision to be unavoidable. Using a millimeter wave radar sensor concealed neatly behind the grille as well as a camera located between the windshield and the rearview mirror, CMBS scans up to 330 ft of the road ahead. When it detects that a collision might be possible, it can progress through three main stages of action. Although it may not use all of the stages, depending on the circumstance. In stage one, if there is a risk of a collision with a vehicle or pedestrian detected ahead, the system will flash a brake warning in the MID. Depending on the distance setting, an audible alert might sound as well. If the risk of a collision continues and the driver fails to take action, the second stage will continue the visual and audible alerts and will apply light braking. And in the last stage, if the driver still fails to take action and the system determines that a collision is now unavoidable, CMBS will apply strong braking to help mitigate the forces of a collision. Keep in mind that while CMBS may be able to slow a vehicle down, it may not always be enough to prevent a collision. And note that the system will not detect all possible obstacles, such as pedestrians and motorcycles. Also, CMBS needs an adequate amount of time to detect obstacles. It might not detect another vehicle that crosses suddenly into the vehicle's path, such as at an intersection or a blind corner. Or if another driver were to suddenly cut in front of the vehicle on the highway, CMBS might deliver a false warning as well. For example, when passing another vehicle too closely, entering a sharp curve with a metallic road sign ahead, or encountering train tracks at the bottom of a hill. The distance at which the system begins its alerts is adjustable. Make sure the vehicle is in park, press and hold the distance button for at least one second. Choose vehicle settings and then Driver Assist System Setup. Select Forward Collision Warning Distance, to choose from among long, normal, or short distances, and to turn the system off, press the CMBS to the left of the steering column. Finally, you should be aware that if there is an issue with the sensor, a warning message will appear in the MID. If cleaning the grille in front of the millimeter wave radar unit or the windshield in front of the camera does not clear the warning, you should have the system checked by an authorized Honda dealer as soon as possible. CMBS is an impressive safety innovation, but it's no substitute for safe driving. As always, control of the vehicle remains with the driver. Failure of the driver to take action could result in a collision. See the owner's manual for complete system details and warnings.