Today on Tech Tuesday we are continuing on technology that can be found on the 2013 Honda Accord but we expect to see on upcoming models from Honda including the Honda Odyssey and Honda Pilot: Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are almost 1.4 million road departure crashes reported annually. With this ever increasing number of accidents caused by distracted drivers, Honda has come up with a way to help alert the driver in the event that they have started to leave their lane.
Engineers have found the “rumble strip” an effective warning for drivers who stray off highways. The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system has effectively created a virtual rumble strip along all roads that have lane markings. The system will prevent drivers from falling asleep at the wheel and driving off the road. But it will also serve as a wake-up call to inattentive drivers.
Here is how it works… A small camera mounted at the top of the front windshield tracks lane markings on the road, and it can detect when the driver is making an un-indicated lane departure (while traveling over 45 mph). Visual alerts will light up on the driver’s instrument panel and the system also can provide an audible warning. The system does not attempt to correct the path of the vehicle and the driver still remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions but let’s face it, any little bit helps.
LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition.