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When Honda Cars Philippines Inc (HCPI) held its online dual launch of the new Honda City sedan and CR-V crossover on Oct. 22, the media attendees naturally focused on the cosmetic and convenience upgrades of the two models. For the new CR-V, specifically, this included the redesigned exterior that exuded a modern and stylish appearance, highlighted by newly redesigned front and rear bumpers, new chrome grille wing, chrome bumper accents, LED headlights and fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and new roof rails. Convenience upgrades included the hands-free-access power tailgate, which enables the rear tailgate to open through a kicking motion when both hands are occupied, and the panoramic sunroof and auto rain sensing wipers.

However, much more than meets the eye, and a car launch can only explain so much, is the Honda Sensing active safety technology that is already at work in the new CR-V.

Honda Sensing, which is now available in the CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel 9AT AWD and S Diesel 9AT variants, aims to provide collision-free and safe mobility not just for CR-V drivers but for everyone else sharing the road. The technology provides a suite of safety and driver assistive technologies which aids the driver to prevent or effectively respond to dangerous driving situations.

It is composed of six driver assistive features, namely:

o Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). This sets a following interval as the system monitors traffic ahead and adjusts cruising speed accordingly. The vehicle will automatically brake and accelerate based on a set speed and distance.

o Low Speed Follow (LSF). This allows the vehicle to continuously operate the ACC at speeds of 40kph or less.

o Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). This can assist the driver when there is a possibility of the vehicle colliding with another vehicle in front. The system is designed to alert you when a potential collision is determined as well as reduce the vehicle speed to help minimize collision severity when a collision is deemed unavoidable.

o Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS). This provides steering input to help keep the vehicle in the middle of a detected lane and provides tactile and visual alerts if the vehicle is drifting out of its lane.

o Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). This alert system activates when the vehicle detects that it’s close to the side of the road without using a turn signal. RDM will alert the driver with vibrations from the steering wheel, and guides the vehicle back by correcting steering inputs and applying brakes.

o Forward Collision Warning (FCW). This provides the driver visual and audible alerts if there is a risk of collision with the vehicle ahead.

o Lane Departure Warning (LDW). This provides visual and audible alerts and steering wheel vibrations designed to warn a driver when the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane, except when the turn signal is activated.

On top of the Honda Sensing technology, the new CR-V comes standard with an array of other safety features across all variants, such as front driver and passenger airbags, vehicle stability assist (VSA), hill start assist (HSA), anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), emergency stop signal, and multi-view reverse camera with guidelines. The SX Diesel 9AT AWD, S Diesel 9AT, and 2.0S CVT variants come standard with additional safety features including LaneWatch, side airbags and side curtain airbags.

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