Honda Automobiles: 2018 Honda Odyssey Press Kit

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For 2018, a redesigned Odyssey receives countless reserve improvements and features, assisting a new car keep best-in-class reserve laurels and strongly reinforcing a interest with families. This starts with poignant improvements to a next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) physique structure, and a enlargement of Honda Sensing® facilities to EX and above trims. Odyssey also adds motorist and front newcomer knee airbags for a initial time, and rain-sensing windshield wipers, an electric parking stop (EPB) and accessible LED headlights. (See a Body and Exterior territory for some-more information).

Other electronic advancements for a Touring and Elite trims embody a behind cranky trade monitor, CabinWatch second-row chair guard for families with immature children, HondaLink telematics that concede locking and unlocking doors around a driver’s smartphone, job in a eventuality of an emergency, and even stolen-vehicle tracking. (See a Interior territory for some-more information).

The new 2018 Odyssey was designed to grasp tip scores and best-in-class opening in all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) pile-up tests.

Key Safety and Driver Assistive Features

  • Next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) physique structure (see Body section)
  • “3-bone” underfloor physique construction (see Body section)
  • Hot-stamped steel doorway rings (see Body section)
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • Blind Spot Information (BSI)*
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor*
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Tire Fill Assist*
  • Available Honda Sensing® features:
    • Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS®)*
    • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) integrated with CMBS
    • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)*
    • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)*
    • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) integrated with RDM
    • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)*

* First for Odyssey

Top Safety Rating Targets
The new Odyssey was designed to grasp tip scores and best-in-class opening in all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) pile-up tests. In particular, a Odyssey is projected to achieve a 5-Star NHTSA Overall Vehicle Score along with an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating (when versed with Honda Sensing®).

Crash Safety Ratings (projected)

Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Design
Structures in a front of a 2018 Odyssey are designed to assistance catch appetite in a eventuality of a collision with a pedestrian. Research by Honda shows that a following facilities can dramatically urge a pedestrian’s possibility of participation if struck by a relocating vehicle.

Specific walking conduct damage slackening facilities include:

  • Hood is designed to twist if hit is done with possibly an adult or a child pedestrian
  • Sufficient clearway exists between a hood and tough engine parts, permitting a hood to twist if impacted by a pedestrian
  • Energy-absorbing buffer mounts and supports
  • Deformable hood hinges

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is an Electronic Stability Control complement that works in and with a Odyssey’s Drive-by-Wire™ stifle and a 4-channel ABS systems to raise control capability while a car is accelerating, braking, cornering or when a motorist creates a remarkable maneuver. VSA functions by requesting stop force to one or some-more wheels exclusively while also handling a throttle, ignition and fuel systems to assistance a car say a driver’s dictated trail of travel.

The VSA complement constantly analyzes information from sensors that guard circle speed, steering input, parallel and longitudinal G army and bend rate. It compares a driver’s control inputs with a vehicle’s tangible response. Whenever a tangible response falls outward of a fixed excusable range, VSA intervenes with a visible action. For instance, if VSA detects an oversteer condition, a complement might request braking force to a outward front and behind wheels to negate a unintended yawing effect. In a eventuality of understeer, VSA might request braking to a inside behind circle while shortening engine energy to assistance lapse a car to a dictated course.

VSA also provides a limited-slip differential outcome for a front wheels by requesting braking force to a slipping wheel, thereby redirecting pushing force to a circle with some-more traction. VSA is calibrated to duty in a near-transparent manner, and in many cases a motorist will not even be wakeful of a operation. However, anytime a complement is enhancing car stability, an indicator light flashes in a instrument cluster. While a motorist can revoke a traction control efficacy permitting some-more circle trip during stranded condition by dire a VSA button, ABS stays entirely operational during all times. (See a Chassis territory for some-more information.)

Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) is customary on all 2018 Odyssey models. The complement incorporates pushing fortitude record that triggers steering inputs that prompt a motorist to drive in a scold instruction during cornering and in sleazy highway conditions. Using car speed and steering angle data, Motion-Adaptive EPS works with Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) and Electric Power Steering to detect instability in sleazy highway conditions both during cornering and underneath braking and automatically triggers steering inputs directed during call a motorist to drive in a scold direction. This modernized record supports a driver’s movement in handling a car some-more safely and comfortably.

Two examples of how Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) functions in and with VSA are:

Stabilizes Vehicle underneath Braking
This duty helps to scold a driver’s steering submit to revoke car instability when a motorist is braking tough on highway surfaces with opposite attrition coefficients (such as cement that is partially lonesome with mud or snow).

Mitigates Understeer and Oversteer
To lessen intensity understeer or oversteer situations, a complement helps scold a steering inputs to assistance a motorist snippet a curve.
(See a Chassis territory for some-more information.)

Brake Assist
A duty of a VSA system, a Brake Assist underline recognizes puncture braking situations and roughly now relates combined braking force. This Brake Assist underline is tranquil by a special proof in a complement that evaluates a pedal focus rate and force to commend a panic stop situation. At that point, a VSA modulator siphon increases braking vigour while a pedal is still being pulpy to safeguard limit interlude force, an movement that can assistance digest braking distance.

Advanced 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution
The Odyssey is propitious with 4-wheel front brakes with 4-channel anti-lock braking (ABS). Optimized master cylinder and caliper gimlet ratios yield an softened braking feel with some-more braking outcome achieved with reduction pedal travel. The ABS complement also incorporates Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) electronics that automatically proportions front-to-rear stop force formed on a vehicle’s energetic bucket on any wheel. (See a Chassis territory for some-more information.)

Advanced Front Airbags (SRS)
Both a motorist and front newcomer are stable by modernized front airbags (SRS). Like other Honda vehicles, a driver’s front airbag is located in a steering circle while a newcomer airbag is located on a tip of a dash. When deployed, a newcomer airbag inflates ceiling and afterwards rearward to maximize a protecting intensity while shortening a odds of injuries caused by airbag deployment.

Driver and Passenger Knee Airbags
The inclusion of both driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbags is a initial for both Honda and Odyssey. The airbags are designed to softened control a brazen suit of a occupants in a eventuality of a frontal collision, in and with a front airbags and seatbelts. Each knee airbag is contained underneath a quarrel on a underside of a instrument panel. For softened knee clearance, a quarrel is contoured divided from a knees.

Driver and Front Passenger Side Airbags
Side airbags mounted in a outboard area of any front seatback are designed to assistance yield pelvis and thorax insurance for a motorist and front newcomer in a eventuality of a serious side impact.

Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
All outboard seating positions are stable by side shade airbags with a rollover sensor system. In a eventuality of a serious side impact, a side shade airbags muster from modules in a roof, providing a poignant spin of conduct insurance in a window area. In a doubtful eventuality of a rollover, a roll-rate sensor, along with mixed G sensors establish a rate of hurl and muster a side shade airbags accordingly. The side shade airbags will also muster and yield conduct insurance in frontal tiny overlie impacts, such as when a front dilemma of a car collides with plain object.

Like a other airbag systems in a vehicle, a side shade complement utilizes sensors to establish a many suitable timing of airbag deployment. To yield a optimal spin of insurance for occupants, contrast was achieved to establish a many suitable timing and rate of deployment in a doubtful eventuality of a rollover. The complement uses algorithms to ceaselessly weigh a conditions and determines either a rollover is imminent. The roll-rate sensor and mixed G sensors (accelerometers) establish a “scenario” and calculate a angle of hurl and a speed of a car in sequence to muster a airbags during a scold indicate for best protection.

In a box of a rollover, a side shade airbags on both sides of a car will deploy. However, in a eventuality of a sufficient side impact that does not outcome in a rollover, usually a airbags on a impacted side of a car will deploy. The airbag maintains full acceleration for approximately 6 seconds after acceleration to concede for a increasing generation of a rollover accident.

Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design
Both front seats are designed to assistance lessen a astringency of neck injuries in a eventuality of a behind impact by good dispersing army opposite a passenger as a seatback pillow compresses relations to a occupant’s head. The seatback springs are optimized so that in a behind crash, when a seatback is pushed brazen into a occupant, a chair will catch a occupant’s mass in demeanour that can assistance minimize a astringency of a whiplash injury.

Adjustable Head Restraints
The first, second and third quarrel seating positions underline away tractable conduct restraints. The third quarrel headrests can be folded down into a non-use position, improving behind visibility.

Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
All Odyssey models are versed with a child seat-mounting complement called LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren). All 3 of a second-row seating positions (two positions on LX trim) and third-row outboard seating positions are propitious with dedicated LATCH connection points.

The LATCH complement provides dual revoke anchors and an tip fasten anchor. When used with a concordant child seat, a LATCH complement provides connection points between a child chair and a car chair though carrying to use a vehicle’s chair belts. Tether anchors are accessible in all second- and third-row seating positions. All chair belts solely a driver’s are versed with a locking retractor that can be used to assistance secure any child seat. Both behind side doors are also versed with childproof doorway thatch for combined protection.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Tire pressures are monitored regulating a approach Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that reports tire vigour during any location. A vigour readout for any tire can be summoned to a core shade of a instrument display.

Parking Sensors
To support in maneuvering in parsimonious spaces, such as entering or exiting a parking space, a 2018 Odyssey Touring and Elite trims underline a set of 6 parking sensors. A sensor is located during any dilemma of a car with an additional dual during a rear. When a sensor(s) detects an intent tighten to a vehicle, a complement provides an heard warning and a visible warning on a MID and, when subsidy up, also on a Display Audio shade when arrangement a rearview camera view. With any form of visible warning a complement indicates in what instruction a rescued intent is located.

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
All 2015 and newer Honda models, including a 2018 Odyssey, incorporate a multi-angle rearview camera. Viewable on a Odyssey’s customary 5-inch arrangement or, on tip grades, a 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen, a camera can uncover a tip view, normal or far-reaching perspective when a delivery is in Reverse. Dynamic discipline plan a vehicle’s trail formed on a driver’s steering inputs.

Blind Spot Information (BSI)
Included in a 2018 Odyssey EX and above trims, a blind mark information (BSI) complement uses radar sensors located on both sides of a behind bumpers to ceaselessly guard blind-spot areas to assistance establish either a car is in a driver’s blind spot.  The complement provides a visible evidence by lighting an indicator nearby a side perspective mirrors, depending on that side of a Odyssey a car is detected. The complement also gives an heard warning and flashes a indicator to serve warning a motorist if a spin vigilance is activated on a side where a car is being detected. To forestall fake alarms while maneuvering during low speed, a BSI complement is infirm next approximately 20 mph.

Note that BSI can't detect all vehicles, and that some vehicles or inclination might meddle with a system. Drivers should always visually check for a participation of other vehicles before changing lanes.

Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
New to a 2018 Odyssey EX and above trims, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor works in and with a BSI radar sensors to raise motorist certainty when subsidy up. The complement is generally useful when reversing in undiluted parking lots with an blocked perspective from driver’s seat.

The complement utilizes a span of radar units located in a behind fender corners. When Reverse is comparison and an coming car is detected, arrows indicating a coming vehicles instruction are shown on a core display’s behind camera picture as good as an heard warning.

Auto High Beams
A new automobile high lamp (AHB) underline on EX and above trims uses a camera located on a rearview counterpart mountain to ceaselessly indicate for approaching trade and for trade forward of a car in a same lane. The complement illuminates a high beams solely when approaching trade is detected. In this box a headlights automatically switch to a low beams until a trade has passed, afterwards automatically switch behind to high beams. Requiring no involvement or movement from a driver, a automobile high lamp underline significantly improves night enlightenment for extended active safety. The complement functions when a headlight switch is in a Auto position, and might be infirm and reactivated by a discerning lift on a high-beam stalk. An idol appears on a instrument quarrel when a complement is functioning. (See a Body and Exterior territory for some-more information.)

Honda Sensing®
Comprised of a apartment of customary and accessible reserve and motorist assistive features, Honda Sensing® helps yield larger recognition of pushing conditions around a vehicle, and in some cases helps drivers say line position. A initial for a Odyssey model, Honda Sensing® comes on EX and above trims.

Honda Sensing® facilities embody a following:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)*
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) – Integrated into CMBS
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)*
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)*
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) – Integrated into RDM
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)*

*First for Odyssey

Collision Mitigation Braking System
The Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) is one of a many worldly driver-assistive technologies available. The CMBS’s millimeter call radar unit, located behind a front grille, and monocular camera, located between a rearview counterpart and windshield, scans trade conditions forward of a Odyssey.

When a complement determines a collision is probable with a rescued vehicle, a CMBS’s integrated FCW system’s visible and heard alerts to prompt a motorist to take visible actions. The visible warning appears on a Multi-Information Display (MID). If a conditions is not resolved, CMBS can request opposite levels of involuntary braking movement to assistance revoke car speed and contingent collision forces, and therefore to assistance revoke a astringency of a collision if a motorist doesn’t take visible movement on their own. The radar territory and camera work concurrently and cooperatively to control a VSA modulator, that triggers any compulsory braking.

Due to a efficacy of a monocular camera, a CMBS on a Odyssey can commend shapes and compute between a car and a pedestrian, warning a motorist in any case.

It is critical to note that CMBS can't detect all objects ahead, nor is it dictated to reinstate a driver’s comment of trade conditions and control of a vehicle. The motorist contingency meddle in certain situations, and contingency always be courteous when regulating a system. Although in many cases CMBS will stop a vehicle, it is not dictated to request adequate braking force to forestall all collisions. Based on a conditions, a complement also might not perform all visual- and audible-alert stages, and might instead automatically rivet a brakes if a complement deems it necessary.

Forward Collision Warning – Integrated into CMBS
Integrated with CMBS, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses a monocular camera to detect vehicles forward and to establish either a collision is likely. This reduces a highlight of pushing in traffic, while also contributing to an increasing spin of pacifist safety.

If a FCW complement detects a car in front of a Odyssey and afterwards determines that a collision might start (due to a speed differential between a dual vehicles), it will trigger visible and heard alerts for a driver. These embody a “BRAKE” summary on a Multi-Information Display (MID), and a array of beeps to warning a motorist to request a stop pedal. The FCW complement will not automatically brake, and a motorist stays obliged for safely handling a car and avoiding collisions. If a motorist doesn’t respond to a FCW warnings, however, a CMBS is triggered into operation.

Drivers might adjust a stretch during that FCW alerts start by dire a “Settings” button, selecting “Vehicle Settings,” and afterwards selecting “Driver Assist System Setup” and a “Forward Collision Warning Distance” option. At this indicate they might select between “Long,” “Normal” or “Short.”

Note that a FCW complement can't detect all objects forward and might not detect a given object; correctness will change formed on weather, speed and other factors.

Lane Keeping Assist System
The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) provides a reduction stressful pushing knowledge by shortening steering improvement movements and pushing bid on a highway. LKAS uses a camera to review line markings and uses a Electric Power Steering to support a motorist in progressing their position within a lane.

Designed for a U.S. highway structure, a complement uses a monocular camera mounted on a tip apportionment of a windshield to brand embellished lanes, Botts’ Dots and other contemplative markers during speeds between 45 mph and 90 mph. When LKAS senses that a motorist is flapping from a center of a rescued lane, a complement generates visible steering torque to support a motorist in progressing line position.

LKAS might be activated and deactivated regulating a switch located on a revoke right partial of a steering wheel. The complement will postpone operation after several seconds if a motorist takes his or her hands off a wheel, accompanied by a visible warning in a MID, resuming when a motorist creates a steering input.

Road Departure Mitigation
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) is integrated with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) (see below). RDM uses a monocular camera (mounted on a tip apportionment of a windshield) to brand plain or dashed embellished line lines, Botts’ Dots and other contemplative markers. RDM uses both steering force, around EPS, and, if a car is rescued withdrawal a line noted by plain lines, braking force, around VSA, to assistance a Odyssey stay in a lane.

The monocular camera recognizes line facilities and identifies a lane. If a RDM complement determines that a Odyssey is about to leave a rescued lane, it will yield steering support (primary) and in singular occasions when steering support is not sufficient to equivocate withdrawal a line noted by a plain line, braking assist, to assistance a motorist stay on a road. RDM is integrated with a Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) complement to yield assuage braking, and with a Electric Power Steering (EPS) complement to yield steering input. Multiple visible and pleasing warnings warning a motorist when a RDM complement is holding visible action. These embody a line depart warning on a driver’s Multi Information Display (MID) and a amiable though simply beheld shaking/vibration of a steering wheel.

RDM also has 3 customizable settings: Normal, Wide, and Warning Only. All 3 yield steering shake/vibration though Normal and Wide supplement stop and steering support functions.

Lane Departure Warning – Integrated into RDM
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) is designed to warning a motorist if a car is withdrawal a rescued line though a spin vigilance being activated. The complement functions during speeds from 45 to 90 mph on true or somewhat winding roads, alerting a motorist of deviations from a rescued lane. The LDW complement utilizes a same tip front windshield camera used for CMBS and LKAS and provides visible and pleasing alerts before to a other systems actively engaging.

If a car starts to pierce out of a rescued line though a spin vigilance activated, LDW illuminates a Lane Departure summary on a Multi-Information Display (MID) and provides a visible and pleasing warning, advising a motorist to take suitable action. The complement can be activated and deactivated by dire a RDM symbol located on a instrument panel, to a left of a steering column.

There are certain conditions underneath that a complement might not rivet or operate, including severe continue (e.g., snow, ice or complicated rain) and impassioned cabin feverishness (due to operability of a camera). The complement will automatically postpone operation when a brakes are practical or a spin signals are used. LDW might not detect all line markings or line departures; correctness will change formed on weather, speed and highway conditions. The motorist stays obliged for safely handling a vehicle.

Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) allows a motorist to set a preferred speed and following interlude from a car rescued ahead, permitting a use of journey control in light trade conditions. This significantly reduces a motorist highlight of pushing in traffic. The complement uses a millimeter call radar and monocular camera to ceaselessly line a stretch to a rescued car ahead, and afterwards adjusts a Odyssey’s speed to say a set following interval. A short, medium, long, or extra-long interlude can be selected. When required, a Odyssey autonomously brakes regulating a Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) modulator. ACC operates in a following ways in a listed circumstances:

  • A preceding car is rescued ­in a line forward – decelerates automatically, if required, and afterwards controls a following distance
  • Another car merges in between a Odyssey and a preceding car – automatically switches “targets” to a nearest preceding rescued vehicle
  • The preceding car exits a line – ACC complement continues during cruise-control speed formerly comparison by motorist (25 to 90 mph)

A Multi Information Display (MID) summary and heard warning (when activated in Settings) warning a motorist when ACC detects a car and becomes active. (See a Powertrain territory for some-more information.)

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

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