How to Change the Honda Collision Warning’s Alert Distance

Honda has stepped up to the plate with collision mitigation systems. New Honda vehicles now harness sensors that prevent frontal collisions. This system is known as the collision mitigation braking system or CMBS. This revolutionary design protects drivers and pedestrians alike by sensing and immediately reacting to frontal objects. Since its use, many folks have been stopped clear and free of potentially grim scenarios.

As useful as this has been, the collision mitigation braking system can take a little bit of getting used to, as you may be slowed unexpectedly when approaching vehicles and parking. Honda has this covered. The CMBS on Honda vehicles can be adjusted to suit drivers preferences. After all, some folks can out drive even the best machines and foresee things that sensors cannot.

Let us take a look at how to adjust your Honda collision warning system.

Adjusting Your Honda Collision Warning System

When you are driving, your Honda’s collision mitigation braking system is prepared to alter your driving as soon as its sensors detect an object. By relaying geospatial data to the cars computer, the brakes are applied according to speed and distance relative to the object detected. For some, this could be a bit tricky to navigate, as the sensitivity may be a bit startling.

Whether it’s a slower moving car, a stopped bicyclist, or a person, the danger is detected and you are halted as preventatively as possible. As great as this is, it can be a funny experience for folks anticipating a casual situation.

There are some great options presented to you regarding the CMBS your Honda is equipped with. Let’s take a look at how you can manually modify the setting of this system to fit your driving needs. First, get into your Honda!

System Control

To adjust your CMBS, start your car and direct your attention towards the display. Next, tap the ‘menu’ icon, and select ‘settings’. From the list, select ‘vehicle’, and then ‘driver assist system setup’. Here, you are provided some options. The choices presented refer to the assists your vehicle is equipped with. Beeping for forward objects can be adjusted, as well as the alert for lane keeping.

Mitigation systems such as the road departure system can also be tampered with. This can make things a bit more user-friendly for those who are more comfortable with driving and wish to have a bit more control. Among these, there is a forward collision warning distance option. Here is where you will be able to choose from three options.

The ‘long’ option gives you a notification of objects in front of your vehicle from a long ways off. This can be shortened to ‘normal’ and ‘short’ options, giving you progressively more time and distance between frontal objects that are made blatantly aware to the driver.

Turning Off CMBS

Some folks opt out of this tech altogether. While not typically recommended, the driver does have the choice to turn off this system completely. However, these people should be extra vigilant when driving, especially if the tendency to respond to the collision mitigation braking system has already been established.

With a firm observance of ones driving, this is how you turn off CMBS all together. First, locate the CMBS button to the left of the steering column. Press and hold this button until you hear an audible beep, indicating CMBS has been turned off. Furthermore, check your gauge panel. You should clearly read, ‘Collision Mitigation Braking System OFF’, along with a yellow CBMS symbol illuminated to the left of the text.

CMBS will remain off during the period in which the car is running. However, when you shut off your Honda and restart it, CMBS will default back to the ON position. This is to ensure the safety of you and those around you!

That will happen every time you shut down the car. To turn it off, follow the steps provided.

Faulty Collision Warnings

You may find that CMBS is giving you notifications and even feedback when no threat is detected. That is normal on occasions. Though the system is wildly intelligent, it is not perfect. CMBS picks up ‘optical illusions’ occasionally.

You may also find that something as minuscule as a branch or debris from a long day of driving can be interfering with your Honda’s collision warning system. To minimize these occurrences, take a walk around the front of your vehicle to ensure no objects are in the way of the sensor. The sensor is located directly under the front license plate mount. A broken or misplaced grill can also be a cause of false detections. Keep the front of your Honda new, clean, and clear!

If you encounter a false warning, it is wise to pull over and inspect the grill. This is, in fact, the drivers’ responsibility to ensure the proper function of the vehicle and to clear hazards. While this may come off as a concern to some, it does not pose any threat. Any braking, mitigating, or warnings do not negatively impact the drive and are kept under control at all times through Honda’s advanced stability and traction control systems.

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Honda has provided a perfect measure to aid this motto, and save lives.

A Step Towards Safety

Rear end collisions make up 40% of all road-borne accidents. That’s a staggering 2.5 million rear-enders a year! Honda is looking to help drop that number significantly, as well as other front end accidents with objects, and especially pedestrians. Safety is always first with Honda, that’s why the Honda collision warning system was brought to the table. Obtaining five-star crash test ratings is with innovative redesigned crumple-zone technology is impressive, but avoiding an accident all together is profound.

The technology presented to the world today can push injuries and accidents like these out of the picture. With the success of systems like Honda’s collision warning, the future is looking bright. If you haven’t already, head down to your local Honda dealer and get yourself one of these incredible machines today!

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