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Old 04-07-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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TORRANCE, CA--April 4, 2012: Honda is taking a comprehensive approach to enhancing driver visibility and confidence on the road beginning with the widespread application of rearview cameras on 2013 models. Over 94 percent of Honda's 2013 model lineup(1) will be equipped with rearview cameras, with 100 percent of Honda's truck lineup (Crosstour, CR-V, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline) as well as CR-Z, Accord and Crosstour providing rearview cameras as standard equipment.

"At Honda, we feel that this visibility feature will be important to many families and we're widely applying it even before we may be required to do so," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda. "In addition to the wide application of the rearview camera technology, Honda is also introducing several new features for enhanced driver safety, visibility and security in model-year 2013."

Rearview cameras are just one aspect of Honda's comprehensive 360-degree approach to technologies designed to enhance a driver's visibility, demonstrated by a host of features available on 2013 Honda models. Safety technologies such as Honda's new Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems will be available on the 2013 Honda Accord and Crosstour. Both systems use a camera mounted behind the windshield to warn drivers of a potential collision in front of them or to alert drivers if the car is unexpectedly moving out of its lane.

Other Honda features aimed at improving driver visibility are the Expanded View Driver's Mirror -- already standard equipment on the 2012 Honda CR-V -- and the Honda-exclusive LaneWatch-- blind-spot display. LaneWatch uses a camera mounted on the passenger mirror to provide an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. This unique technology will debut on the 2013 Accord followed by the 2013 Crosstour.
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:14 PM   #2
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Infiniti has that.

And we take one step closer to cars becoming mobile padded cells, driven by cloud computing.

Do you think it is a coincidence that it is called "the cloud", after the Terminator movies called it Skynet?
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:07 AM   #3
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Infiniti has that.

And we take one step closer to cars becoming mobile padded cells, driven by cloud computing.

Do you think it is a coincidence that it is called "the cloud", after the Terminator movies called it Skynet?
Its only a matter of time before the cloud gains sentience, then judgement day...
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:28 AM   #4
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Humans must be protected from themselves... any logic-bound computer must come to that conclusion in dealing with illogical people. Hell, some people think that already.

Every science fiction genre has shown us that.
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:54 PM   #5
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How about bigger windows so people can see what's around them?
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:22 PM   #6
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How about Honda just build a car that doesn't have some sort of body panel or wing going straight through the rear window. The CR-Z has the worst blind spots I've ever seen. This seems to be a trend with Honda. There rear window and side windows keep getting smaller or obstructed. I know Honda is probably trying to develop a design that will out preform other cars in crash tests but that shouldn't mean that those new designs should cause the crash in the first place.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:53 PM   #7
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How about Honda just build a car that doesn't have some sort of body panel or wing going straight through the rear window. The CR-Z has the worst blind spots I've ever seen. This seems to be a trend with Honda. There rear window and side windows keep getting smaller or obstructed. I know Honda is probably trying to develop a design that will out preform other cars in crash tests but that shouldn't mean that those new designs should cause the crash in the first place.
It's not just Honda doing this, sadly. It's a special shame for them, though, as they once cared. I saw an engineering document for the early 90s Prelude (angular, not melted, and two gens before the SH) that spelled out how many degrees of vision were obstructed by each body pillar, accounting for the full 360 degree field of view.
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It's not just Honda doing this, sadly. It's a special shame for them, though, as they once cared. I saw an engineering document for the early 90s Prelude (angular, not melted, and two gens before the SH) that spelled out how many degrees of vision were obstructed by each body pillar, accounting for the full 360 degree field of view.
Honda is pretty high on the list with that problem though. My former rsx, my girlfriends 8th gen civic, and countless other Honda's just seemed to have bad visibility. I feel like lowering the rear deck height and controlling their c pillar frame is easier and cheaper than adding a few new gizmos. But as you had said, others do the same thing, and instead try to engineer their way out of their own flaws.
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wow are people this ****ty and scared of driving that they literally need their hand held? Weak, timid, willless effimates....

If you need all these assists your license should be revoked.
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Tech for tech's sake... Solving problems people didn't realize were problems, supposedly.

Features for the sake of optional line items on the window sticker, with dollar signs on the end, rather than real things, like actually compelling vehicles.
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Honda is pretty high on the list with that problem though. My former rsx, my girlfriends 8th gen civic, and countless other Honda's just seemed to have bad visibility. I feel like lowering the rear deck height and controlling their c pillar frame is easier and cheaper than adding a few new gizmos. But as you had said, others do the same thing, and instead try to engineer their way out of their own flaws.
like was said, its every car maker these days. honda used to be the best in visibility. even the nsx felt like you were in a glass house. i blame crash test standards (in some instances an entire car can be hidden behind my a pillar. wtf) and the desire for each manufacturer to eek out every last cu ft of volume for interior or trunk space.
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I saw an engineering document for the early 90s Prelude (angular, not melted, and two gens before the SH) that spelled out how many degrees of vision were obstructed by each body pillar, accounting for the full 360 degree field of view.
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