Honda CMBS Awarded Euro NCAP Advanced Honor

The first Euro NCAP Advanced Awards have been presented the past weekend and Japanese automaker Honda was one of the lucky receivers. The company has been presented with the award for its pioneering Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS).

CMBS is a radar-based autonomous emergency braking technology to help prevent collisions with vehicles which are stationary or traveling in the same direction.

The technology works at speeds above 9 mph and if the system senses that the car is likely to collide with a car in front, a three stage process is initiated. In the first, typically around 3 seconds before impact, the driver is alerted by visual and audible warnings.

In the second stage, when the system senses that a collision is still likely (2 seconds before impact), three sharp tugs are given on the seat belt and the car automatically starts to apply some braking.

Finally, when a collision is unavoidable, CMBS tightens the front seat occupants’ seatbelts and applies a high level of braking force. The technology is available as an option on Accord and CR-V models.

Since the introduction of the new rating scheme, Euro NCAP have tested 5 Honda models, namely Civic, Accord, Jazz, Insight and most recently CR-Z. All 5 models achieved a 5-star rating, with the Honda Insight also being named “safest hybrid vehicle”.

The Euro NCAP Advanced Award complements Euro NCAP’s existing star rating scheme on adult occupant, pedestrian protection, child safety and safety assist systems. Euro NCAP Advanced is open to any technical system that has a clear safety benefit and as long as it is available as an option on one of the Euro NCAP tested cars and not already addressed by the current star rating.
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