Honda's quest for safety is not limited to the needs of car drivers and motorcycle riders. Honda's total commitment to "Safety for Everyone" extends to passengers, pedestrians, occupants of other vehicles, and everyone on the road. Honda will continue to develop and refine its innovative technologies to realize a safer society.
Seeking to manufacture cars that enhance safety, Honda has been working to enhance active safety and collision safety to help reduce human injuries. In the area of collision safety, in 1998 Honda announced proprietary G-force Control technology (G-CON), which controls impact (G) forces in collisions to help reduce injuries to people. In 2000, Honda opened the world's first indoor omni-directional crash test safety facility. Through testing and analysis of real-world accident scenarios, Honda invented Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body technology, providing enhanced G-CON safeguards and improved self-protective capabilities to better shield occupants of both vehicles in car-to-car collisions. Honda also created technology to raise the vehicle hood in car-to-pedestrian collisions, helping to lessen the potential for pedestrian head injuries. In the area of active safety, in 2003 Honda devised the Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM), which can anticipate and help reduce the likelihood of a collision with the rear of another vehicle, as well as seatbelt E-pretensioners. In 2004, Honda developed the world's first Intelligent Night Vision System, which uses a far-infrared camera to detect pedestrians on nighttime roads and then alerts the driver. Honda will continue its efforts to create technology and equipment for both active and collision safety measures, helping to ensure the wellbeing of all people on roadways.
In September 2008, Honda developed the world's first driver-side i-SRS airbag system with a continuously-staged inflation function that accommodates a wider range of driver seating positions and types of collisions.* It features spiral-shaped seams and a gas release control valve designed for optimal control of an airbag's internal pressure to achieve prompt and low-impact deployment with continuously-staged inflation, making it possible to sustain protection for a longer period of time.
* Introduced only in Japan
Conventional airbag system
Driver-side i-SRS airbag system with continuously staged inflation