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Monday, 22 January 2018 19:03

The Best Body Shops' Tips: Are ADAS Systems Here to Stay? American Honda Showcases Current Systems

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Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Information and Collision Mitigation Braking Systems are just a few of the Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) in vehicles today.


According to Scott Kaboos, the assistant manager of collision marketing for American Honda Motor Co., not only will these systems prevent accidents in the future, but there may also be fewer claims on vehicles that are equipped with these systems.


Kaboos discussed “Honda ADAS Systems: Today and Tomorrow” during a recent Guild 21 podcast. Presentations are sponsored by Verifacts Automotive.


“Love them or hate them, ADAS Systems are probably here to stay,” said Kaboos. “The question is: Are they going to be effective?”


During his Guild 21 presentation, Kaboos shared information from a study compiled by a major insurance company partner regarding 26,039 Honda Civic vehicles from the 2016 model year.


“We compared how many vehicles were drivable vs. non-drivable after an accident,” he said. “We noticed that with an ADAS system, the number of vehicles that were non-drivable after an accident decreased 31.5 percent. A lot more people drove home with their ADAS-equipped Civics than they did with the ones without ADAS.”


They also studied how ADAS affects frequency---the percentage of time the vehicles were involved in an accident.


“We found that the vehicles equipped with ADAS systems had a frequency rate of 12 percent. Those without ADAS had a frequency of 17 percent,” said Kaboos. “That’s a decrease of nearly 30 percent in frequency, which means drivers are 30 percent less likely to get into a collision at all with ADAS systems vs. without them.”


Then they looked at severity. The average claim for a 2016 Civic vehicle without ADAS was $3,002. The average with ADAS was $2,769.


“It was a surprise when we found out that the ADAS-equipped vehicles were less expensive to fix as a whole by about 7 percent,” said Kaboos. “Our assumption is that it is because they may have needed to do some calibration and extra work, but the damage didn’t go as deep into the car.”


Kaboos used the example of repairers needing to aim a radar rather than replace a rail.


As part of Honda’s 2030 vision, Kaboos said the OEM’s goal is to have a zero-collision society at some point in the future. An important aspect of this is incorporating ADAS technology.


The ADAS systems on Honda and Acura vehicles are called Honda Sensing and AcuraWatch. The OEM’s use of ADAS dates back to 2011 when the company used its first system on a Honda Odyssey. Up until 2016, ADAS systems were offered a la carte. Over the last two years, consumers have had the opportunity to order Honda Sensing and AcuraWatch as a full suite of products.


With the release of the 2018 Accord, Honda introduced its first mass production vehicle to include the Honda Sensing Suite as standard equipment on all trim levels, regardless of it being the base model or the touring edition.


“I do believe that’s probably going to continue as we release new models; we are going to see this become standard,” said Kaboos. “By 2022, we want to have our entire fleet equipped with this equipment.”


Levels of Automation


The Society of Automotive Engineers explains the five different levels of automation ranging from level 0 to 1---which includes some driver assist capabilities---to level 5, where the vehicle will be fully autonomous and have no steering wheel. Currently, the majority of Honda vehicles utilize level 1.


Three categories of level 1 ADAS include:


1. Driver Information Systems: Blind Spot Information, Lane Watch and Cross Traffic Monitor

2. Preventative Measure Systems: Adaptive Cruise Control, ACC with Low Speed Follow, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist System

3. Avoidance Assistance Systems: Collision Mitigation Braking Systems and Road Departure Mitigation


The 2018 Acura RLX will be released in November and include a new ADAS feature---Traffic Jam Assist.


“This is the first time Honda has equipped a vehicle with level 2 autonomous features,” said Kaboos. “This car will go from a complete stop and then accelerate and follow the car in front of it at a safe distance and keep you in the lane without any input from the driver.”


Honda is targeting 2025 for the introduction of vehicles with level 4 automation, which Kaboos said is nearly autonomous but includes a steering wheel and can be operated manually.


Kaboos discussed four ADAS systems and when it is necessary to calibrate them:


Collision Mitigating Braking System

The Collision Mitigating Braking System (CMBS) on the 2018 Accord uses radar, a camera, control modules and an electric brake booster.


“As you approach a vehicle in front of you, CMBS turns a dash light on and says, ‘Brake,’ he said.


Shortly after that, it will send a buzzer. As a driver moves closer to the vehicle, it will start putting on braking force.


“It helps keep you from rear-ending the car in front of you and uses what is called ‘millimeter wave radar,’” said Kaboos.

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