Making its first appearance on the 2013 Accord this innovative system aims to reduce accidents by helping keep drivers aware of their position on the road. This advanced system uses an exterior camera and an eight-inch color display to gives drivers a clear view of the road on the passenger side. The display automatically becomes active whenever the right turn signal is used or at the press of a button.
Typically the field of view for a passenger side mirror is only about 18 to 22 degrees but the LaneWatch display gives a field of view of about 80 degrees which helps to drastically improve visibility where drivers need it the most. With a large display placed within easy view on the center dash area this system makes it incredibly easy to see traffic, pedestrians, and obstacles in the blind spot; the display also features reference lines to help the driver gauge distance.
While the 2013 Accord was the first Honda to implement this technology, it is also standard on most Crosstour models. Many other top Honda models offer the LaneWatch system as an option, and drivers can expect it to quickly make its way into most of Honda’s lineup within the near future.
The AOL Autos Technology of the Year Award includes systems in three different categories; telematics, connectivity, and passive safety. The award is designed to recognize technologies that have a major impact on the safety of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike, and the new LaneWatch system certainly fits the bill.
Those that are interested in learning more about this innovative new safety system from Honda are encouraged to visit Headquarter Honda’s Clermont dealership (http://www.headquarterhonda.com/