Acura vehicles are designed and engineered to help avoid collisions before they occur. It starts with basics, such as precision steering, nimble suspension, and anti-lock brakes for superb responsiveness and enhanced stability. It then moves up to innovative technologies, such as models with the Collision Mitigation Braking System that gives you advanced warning of a possible impact situation and begins braking automatically if impact is imminent while the Front Seat Belt e-Pretensioner Sytstem automatically tightens your belt to prepare for a possible impact. In addition, every Acura model has a 4-channel Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®)12 system that helps you maintain control in almost any driving condition by dynamically adjusting brake pressure and engine power.
Acura also keeps the potential for driver distraction and ergonomics in mind when designing controls, displays and any other driver- vehicle interface. For example, all current Acura navigation systems can be operated using Voice Recognition and have their screens mounted high on the dash for minimum eye diversion. These innovations fuel Acura's drive to help you steer clear of trouble before it begins. Available on most models, the AcuraWatch system consits of several safety and driver assistive systems using in part, a camera50 mounted between the windshield and the rearview mirror that, for example, enables the Lane Departure Warning system (LDW)56 to alert you with a beep when the vehicle unintentionally leaves a detected lane. The Forward Collision Warning system (FCW)55 alerts you to a potential collision with a vehicle detected ahead, using both visual and audible warnings.
The Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) uses a radar transmitter mounted in the grille trim to determine the distance and closing speed of detected objects that lie directly ahead. If it senses potential danger and you do not take action to reduce speed, the CMBS warns you through several means to brake the vehicle. If it senses that a frontal collision is unavoidable, it will automatically apply the brakes to help reduce the impact velocity and collision force. While not intended to brake the vehicle sufficiently to avoid a collision, CMBS can be effective in alerting the driver to apply the brakes in time to avoid an impact.