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Honda safety package applies brakes automatically when the driver mistakes gas pedal for the brake pedal


Under the concept of offering collision-free vehicles to more drivers, Honda developed the City-Brake Active System, an accident avoidance support system, and bundled it into the Safety Package (tentative name) with enhanced safety features that also includes vehicle occupant protection technology such as side airbags and side curtain airbags. The Safety Package will be adopted for the all-new Fit which will go on sale in this year. While driving at speeds of less than approximately 30km/h, the City-Brake Active System gives audio and visual warnings to the driver when the system recognizes a high risk of collision by the laser radar installed in the upper part of front windshield in order to support the avoidance and to mitigate the level of damage of an accident. If the driver does not take action to slow down, the system will apply brakes automatically.

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The City-Brake Active System also features a function that restrains the false start of the vehicle. While remaining stationary or driving at speeds of less than approximately 10km/h, if the system determines that the driver stepped too hard on the accelerator pedal — for instance by mistakenly stepping on the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal — when there is an obstacle within approximately four meters in front of the vehicle, the driver will receive audio and visual warnings, and the system will control engine output to restrain the vehicle from moving forward.

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