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2012 Honda Odyssey Comes With Multi-Angle Rearview Cameras

As a Honda blogger, it’s usually pretty easy for me to stay on top of Honda news, especially about popular vehicles like the Honda Odyssey. However, this article gave me something I did not know: the 2012 Honda Odyssey comes with a multi-angle rearview camera standard on the Touring and EX-L models.

A one-angle rearview camera comes standard on all 2012 Honda Odyssey models.

“The standard angle, wide angle, and straight down angle are life-savers in a vehicle as big as the 2012 Honda Odyssey,” said John Clough, sales manager at Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham. “The Honda Odyssey has some really great features that make it the best in its class. The multi-angle rearview camera is just one more thing that takes it over the top.”

While the multi-angle rearview camera is available, you won’t get as affordable as you will on the 2012 Honda Odyssey.

According the article, “The multi-angle rearview camera comes standard in the Odyssey Touring Elite model I tested, which had a sticker price of $44,485. It’s also standard on the Touring model that starts at $41,430 and on the EX-L model with the Satellite-Linked Navigation System that starts at $37,125. By comparison, the Around View Monitor is standard on the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum edition, which starts at $39,170.”

Check out the article below to see a quick video of how the multi-view rearview camera works on a touch screen! Or even better, stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda, or Apple Valley Honda to take the 2012 Honda Odyssey for a test drive and try the rearview camera yourself!

Honda’s LaneWatch System is 2012 Automobile Technology Finalist

The 2013 Honda Accord has made a splash with industry know-what’s and  consumers. A big part of that is because of all the bells and whistles that come standard on the newest Accord, including the LaneWatch system. Now the LaneWatch system has been named a finalist for the 2012 Technology of the Year Award by AOL Autos.

“It would be really great for the LaneWatch system to win 2012 Technology of the Year Award,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “The 2013 Honda Accord is loaded with some really awesome technology, most of which comes standard on all models not just the more expensive models. The LaneWatch system is so representative of Honda: it is convenient, it is innovative and it makes the 2013 Honda Accord a much safer car.”

Here’s what the article had to say about the LaneWatch system: “LaneWatch uses a camera positioned below the passenger-side exterior mirror to display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the standard 8-inch color intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID). The image appears when the right turn signal is activated, or when a button on the end of the turn signal stalk is pressed. The feature can also be deactivated in the vehicle settings at the driver’s discretion…The system helps the driver to see traffic, as well as pedestrians or objects, in the vehicle’s blind spot. To help make judging distance easier, the display has three reference lines. Drivers are encouraged to visually confirm roadway conditions prior to changing lanes.

Why is this important? The article also points out that the typical view of a passenger-side mirror is 18-22 degrees. With the LaneWatch technology, drivers will be able to see up to 80 degrees.

Really, does anything else need to be said to convince you of the value of the LaneWatch system?

The AOL Autos Technology of the Year Award will be given in January. Check out the other finalists at AOLAutos.com.

“I hope LaneWatch wins,” said Hofkamp. “But if it doesn’t win, I think just being a finalist brings a lot of justified attention to this incredible safety technology and the 2013 Honda Accord. We’ll take that.”

But don’t wait until January when the award will be announced to try the technology itself. Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda or Apple Valley Honda today to test drive the 2013 Honda Accord and see how much safer you can be with LaneWatch looking over your shoulder.

 

http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/11/27/4443268/honda-lanewatch-named-2012-technology.html

Hurricane Sandy Will Not Affect Honda Sales Much

The United States is Honda’s biggest market and the northeast is the populated part of the U.S., so you would think the devastation of Hurricane Sandy would deeply affect their year-end sales projections. Well, you’d be wrong.

Honda still expects sales to exceed last year’s by about 25 percent, meaning about 1.46 million Hondas will be delivered. Honda sales for the month of October were about half of what they were expected to be because Hurricane Sandy hit during the busiest time of the month, but Honda expects to make up for that in November.

“November will be a pretty good month for us — I see nothing different in November and December that will change the course of where we’ve been this year,” Mendel said. Honda brand sales for the year should be “within 10,000 or 12,000 units” of 1.3 million, with the Acura luxury brand at “160,000, maybe a little bit more,” he said.

The demand for the redesigned CR-V, blockbuster 2013 Honda Accord and sports Honda Civic will keep people coming to Honda dealerships in droves.

I think this article skips over an important part of the affect Hurricane Sandy could have on the automotive industry in the Northeast. It points out that some dealerships lost inventory that will have to be replaced, so that should help a little with sales. But what about the thousands of people who lost their cars to flooding and wind damage? According to the article, “As many as 200,000 new and used vehicles may eventually be replaced in the region as a result of the storm, the National Automobile Dealers Association estimated this month.”

It is often said that natural disasters provide opportunity and I think that as people try to resume their normal lives, they will buy new cars…and of course, stop at their local Honda dealerships first. Hurricane Sandy a small negative impact on the month of October, but perhaps it will actually help their year-end sales as people replace damaged vehicles.

Self-Driving Cars Overcome the Dangers of Technology

Much has been written about the self-driving cars that have recently been made legal in the state of California and, unbeknownst to me, have logged more than 250,000 driving miles…without a single incident.

That’s right; a perfect record.

I have thought a lot about the self-driving car and while I was wary at first, I was convinced of their inherent good and benefit to society when someone pointed out how they can give independence to people with disabilities and the elderly.

This article points out how the self-driving car can save those of us who willingly disable ourselves while we drive…with technology. We all know we do it: text, talk on the phone, check our emails on our phone, etc. If it’s not you, then it’s someone in a car around you, which could easily make you a statistic.

Imagine being able to tell your self-driving car to drive you home while you typed away at all those emails you didn’t get sent while in the office? Or telling your car to take you home after you’ve had one too many drinks? Self-driving cars are convenient and life-saving.

This paragraph from the article sums up the issue nicely:

“Pioneers in the field estimate that driverless cars could save a substantial number of lives each year. These cars are immune to distractions caused by talking on cell phones, texting and checking emails, eating and drinki

ng, grooming and shaving, reading and writing, watching TV or a video, adjusting the radio or CD player, checking the navigation system, watching the scenery, putting on make-up, fighting with passengers and disciplining children. They are also not impaired by alcohol, drugs, sleep deprivation and anger. They can react instantaneously and accurately. They always maintain the lane, use turn signals and never tailgate. They always respect red lights or stop signs. They keep detailed logs. They always remind you way before the time for refueling and maintenance service.”

What do you think? Are these arguments enough for you to jump behind the wheel of a self-driving car? What would it take to get you there?

Read the original article here.

 

Driving Safely this Holiday Season

Like it or not, the holiday season is upon us. With that means more errands to run, more things to plan, more items to check off your list and more driving around. And that doesn’t even include if you are traveling away from home to celebrate the holiday.

 

This article has a lot of safety tips (including on how to shop safely), but we’ll focus on driving safely.

  • Do not drink and drive and do not allow someone else to drink and drive.”
  • Always wear a seatbelt and make sure children are buckled into their restraints properly and appropriately by their size.
  • I LOVE this one because there is nothing more annoying or possibly dangerous then driving around not knowing where you are: “Know where you are going and how to get there and back. Obtain or download a map. Carry a GPS. Check for construction detours. For longer trips, obtain a weather forecast.”
  • Always tell someone where you will be and when you expect to return. This one makes me think of the many tragic winter-time stories I’ve heard on the news where someone or a family decides to go out for a drive and something goes wrong, but no one knows where they are. This dangerous scenarios can easily be prevented.
  • If you have a cell phone, take it with you when you travel. This one seems pretty easy to accomplish seeing as most people have to walk around with their cell phone in their pocket.
  • Keep doors locked while driving and have at least half a tank of gas. Also, make sure your car is in good condition or get it checked out before you go on trip of any good distance.
  • “Devote your full attention to driving.” With all of the holiday parties, gift buying, trips to the grocery store, and everything else, this may be the hardest to do, but it is the most important.

 

For more safety tips (some really good ones I had never heard before), check out the article below!

 

http://www2.hernandotoday.com/news/hernando-news/2012/nov/18/haobito1-tips-on-staying-safe-during-all-the-holid-ar-568600/

Honda Creates Futuristic Safety Features

Honda is showing the world that it is taking automobile safety to a whole new level with its Automatic Emergency Braking System, Green Wave, and i-ACC Technologies. All of these technologies, when fully implemented, will save the lives of drivers, passengers and pedestrians. In fact, it is estimated that the Automatic Emergency Braking Technology will prevent about 90 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occurring under 37 miles per hour.

 

That is a lot of families who could spared a lot of heartache.

 

Here’s the rundown of these incredible technologies:

 

Honda’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB): this technology causes your car to sound an alarm when you are approaching something (or someone) that you could possibly collide with on the front end. Besides sounding the alarm, your Honda will apply the brakes for you if a front-end collision is imminent.

 

“AEB uses input from a windshield-mounted camera and a millimeter-wave radar sensor in the car’s grille. That allows the car to determine the position, speed, and even direction of a pedestrian. The system can also prevent crashes with cars or other solid objects that are at least one meter (three feet) tall.

Automobilemag.com got to test drive the new safety equipment and said the AEB proved very effective at stopping when a pedestrian cut-out was stationary in front of the car and thrown out in front of the car (to simulate someone falling/jumping in front of the vehicle).

 

Green Wave technology: I was confused by this name, thinking it was some sort of environmental technology (and it is in a round-about way), but what it really means is for drivers to ride a wave of green lights. Really.

 

Traffic lights in Japan emit infared transmissions, so Honda’s with the Green Wave technology are equipped with receivers that interpret that information that tell the driver of the car how fast to drive/when to start braking in and effort to promote safety (ie not slamming on your brakes) and better fuel economy.

 

“The first part of the Green Wave recommends a driving speed at which the car will reach the next traffic light when it’s green. In our test Japanese-market Honda Odyssey, this meant we traveled at 26 mph while a control car in the adjacent lane drove at about 35 mph. While the other car had to brake, stop at a simulated red light, and then accelerate again, we breezed through the fake intersection about five seconds after the light turned green. This is designed to promote smoother, more fuel-efficient urban driving, and to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions from frequent stop-and-go traffic. “

 

The article notes that some drivers my be confused why you are driving 25 mph so you can hit the next light when it’s green when the speed limit is 35 mph, but who cares what people think when you roll through that light and they’re still stuck at the light? J If you do get stuck at a light, the Green Wave technology will tell drivers when the light is estimated to turn green so they can get going and avoid getting rear-ended by impatient or inattentive driver behind them.

 

i-ACC Cruise Control with Cut-in Prediction: This technology fixes a big problem (or at least annoyance) for me as a driver. We have all experienced it: you’re driving on the freeway and just set your cruise control only to some jerk…er…neighborly fellow-driver…cut in front of you and go sloooow. Not only do you have to pay attention to make sure you don’t collide with that car, but then you have to reset your cruise control.

 

Well, i-ACC Cruise Control with Cut-in Prediction technology fixes all of this. “Honda’s system, by contrast, guesses when a car in an adjacent lane may move over and adjusts its speed pro-actively.

 

i-ACC uses a camera and radar to track up to six vehicles, and uses information like closing speeds between vehicles to determine which cars are likely to change lanes. “Honda says Cut-In Prediction can react up to five seconds earlier than normal adaptive cruise control, keeping a safer distance between vehicles and also saving fuel by driving more smoothly. The front-facing camera can also be tasked with lane-departure warning and traffic-sign recognition duties. Honda showed a static demo of i-ACC in an Accord sedan, but didn’t allow us to test the system.”

http://rumors.automobilemag.com/honda-demonstrates-automatic-emergency-braking-green-wave-and-i-acc-technologies-184295.html#ixzz2CY1yNzVY

Self-Driving Cars Overcome Dangers of Technology

Much has been written about the self-driving cars that have recently been made legal in the state of California and, unbeknownst to me, have logged more than 250,000 driving miles…without a single incident.

 

That’s right; a perfect record.

 

I have thought a lot about the self-driving car and while I was wary at first, I was convinced of their inherent good and benefit to society when someone pointed out how they can give independence to people with disabilities and the elderly.

 

This article points out how the self-driving car can save those of us who willingly disable ourselves while we drive…with technology. We all know we do it: text, talk on the phone, check our emails on our phone, etc. If it’s not you, then it’s someone in a car around you, which could easily make you a statistic.

 

There are many states that have outlawed texting and talking on the phone while driving, but imagine being able to tell your self-driving car to drive you home while you typed away at all those emails you didn’t get sent while in the office? Or telling your car to take you home after you’ve had one too many drinks? Self-driving cars are convenient and life-saving.

 

This paragraph from the article sums up the issue nicely:

 

“Pioneers in the field estimate that driverless cars could save a substantial number of lives each year. These cars are immune to distractions caused by talking on cell phones, texting and checking emails, eating and drinking, grooming and shaving, reading and writing, watching TV or a video, adjusting the radio or CD player, checking the navigation system, watching the scenery, putting on make-up, fighting with passengers and disciplining children. They are also not impaired by alcohol, drugs, sleep deprivation and anger. They can react instantaneously and accurately. They always maintain the lane, use turn signals and never tailgate. They always respect red lights or stop signs. They keep detailed logs. They always remind you way before the time for refueling and maintenance service.”

 

What do you think? Are these arguments enough for you to jump behind the wheel of a self-driving car? What would it take to get you there?

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