Calibration Research Tips: Honda Sensing

While searching for information on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on an OEM repair information site, you may come across unique calibration procedures or events. These events can vary by year and model, even within a particular make. As the RTS team has been researching these systems, we have been identifying these atypical circumstances. In order to help you better understand them, we are putting together a series of articles that help with the repair and calibration of ADAS. Let’s take a closer look at Honda Sensing.

Honda advertises a system called, Honda Sensing. This term is used in many places in Honda literature, however, it is seldom referred to on the service site. The place where this term is most commonly used is the Honda sales and other media sites. Honda Sensing may also appear while searching for ADAS information in vehicle-specific owner’s manuals.

Here is how Honda defines this system: “Honda Sensing® is a driver support system which employs the use of two distinctly different kinds of sensors, a radar sensor located at the lower part of the front bumper and a front camera mounted to the interior side of the windshield, behind the rear view mirror.”

Honda Sensing, although it is described as one system, is a package name for a combination of driver assistance systems. These systems include collision braking, two types of lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive cruise control. All of these systems function with input from the radar sensor behind the front bumper cover and the forward facing camera.

Honda calls the radar sensor behind the front bumper cover the Millimeter Wave Radar. This sensor is an input for the adaptive cruise control and collision braking. It allows the vehicle to identify the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. The forward-facing camera is called the Multipurpose Camera Unit. This camera is an input for adaptive cruise control, collision braking, lane keep assist, and traffic sign recognition. The camera is able to see and identify lane markings, traffic signs, and vehicles ahead.

Understanding Honda Sensing is important when it comes to diagnosis and calibration. It is important to know that all of these systems are working together to form an ADAS package, while sharing a camera and a radar sensor as inputs. This means that if one of the inputs is not calibrated or it is damaged, it can cause more than one system to become inoperative.

For additional Honda information, check out the Honda OEM Information page.

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