What is Lane Departure Warning?

Silver Honda Odyssey driving on highway with blue cone in front of it representing lane departure warning

Look at the latest range of advanced Honda Sensing driver assistance systems, and you’ll notice Lane Departure Warning is one of the safety suite’s core features. But what is Lane Departure Warning? Put simply, Lane Departure Warning lets you know when you’re in danger of inadvertently moving into the next lane, thereby preventing everything from unwelcome honks to serious collisions.

How Does LDW Work?

Every Honda fitted with Lane Departure Warning features a windshield-mounted camera that can detect lane markings and determine when your vehicle’s wheels have moved past them without signaling. When that happens, a flashing indicator and audible alert will warn you to move back into your lane – some models vibrate the steering wheel and seat for added awareness that you need to safely move back into your own lane.

The system is automatically activated when you start your Honda vehicle and won’t go off if you’re using your turn signal. It’s also complemented by the cutting-edge Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) that applies mild steering torque if your vehicle is detected drifting toward the side of the lane.

Honda Sensing Driver Assistance Technology

Lane Departure Warning is just one of Honda’s forward-thinking safety technologies. A wide range of similarly impressive features is responsible for enhancing your awareness and keeping you and your passengers from harm, with highlights including:

Forward Collision Warning

Even a momentary distraction can cause an accident, but the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system works through every drive to ensure that doesn’t happen. It scans the area ahead of your vehicle and gauges the distance between your Honda and a potential collision. A beeping sound and flashes are issued to alert you to apply the brakes when the risk of a frontal collision increases.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)

Incorporating features of the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system, CMBS can apply the brakes to help reduce the forces of a collision in the unlikely situation of one becoming unavoidable.

Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)

While most models now offer Lane Departure Warning, critics from Digital Trend note that: “Honda goes a step further than most with its Road Departure Mitigation System.” It uses the LDW system’s windshield-mounted camera to identify side-of-road markers, provide an alert if you’re ever in danger of leaving the road, and apply corrective steering pressure if you fail to act.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow

Simplifies driving and reduces fatigue by automatically controlling the interval between your Honda and the vehicle ahead. The Low-Speed Follow feature even lets you drive effortlessly through stop-and-go traffic.

Cross Traffic Monitor

A sensor housed in your rear bumper is able to scan to left and right as you reverse to keep you aware of any vehicles approaching from the side.

Auto High-Beam Headlights

Provides added peace of mind and enhanced convenience during nighttime driving by automatically switching between high beams and low beams as other vehicles approach and pass at night. Simply set your headlight control to AUTO and they’ll work on their own.

Traffic Sign Recognition System

New for select models, the innovative Traffic Sign Recognition System scans and remembers the road signs your Honda passes, then displays them as a large icon in the center of the speedometer to keep you aware of the current speed limit.

Honda Sensing Technology Provides Cutting-Edge Confidence Wherever You Drive

You can find out more about Honda Sensing features like Lane Departure Warning and explore all our latest special offers simply by visiting your local Detroit Honda dealer. For any further advice or assistance in the meantime, feel free to get in touch today.

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