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Honda's new Accord can takes adaptive cruise control to the next level

Many high end luxury cars from Lexus, Mercedes and BMW have adaptive cruise control systems that can keep a preset distance from the car in front of you on the highway. If the car in front of you slows down, the computer will cut back on the throttle to maintain the preset distance. The systems can also compensate for panic braking and apply full braking pressure to avoid an accident.

Honda UK has taken this "autopilot" feature to the next level. Their new Accord ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist System) not only features adaptive cruise control, but it also can steer itself around curves on the highway (at speeds between 45MPH and 112MPH). But don't think that you can just dose off and let the car drive completely for you -- the system beeps every ten seconds to make sure that you're alive and alert.

The car will only provide 80 per cent of the steering torque needed to keep the car in lane - the remaining 20 per cent has to be supplied by you. This is Honda's get-out-of-jail-free card. If LKAS detects that your hands aren't on the wheel, or are simply resting there, it will emit a couple of warning beeps - verbal slaps on the wrist - while continuing to steer. Then, after a period of 6 to 15 seconds, it'll disengage completely.

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Cool stuff
By StuckMojo on 1/31/2006 11:44:32 AM , Rating: 2

This is pretty cool stuff anyway, even if it doesn't do it all for you.

RE: Cool stuff
By TwistyKat on 1/31/2006 11:54:32 AM , Rating: 3
I'm still waiting for completely automated driver so I can drink and drive again! :-)

RE: Cool stuff
By hwhacker on 1/31/2006 12:27:40 PM , Rating: 2
I think it'll happen very soon. The technology is here.

RE: Cool stuff
By bldckstark on 1/31/2006 12:41:33 PM , Rating: 4
What, the drinking? Yeah, that's been around for ages!

RE: Cool stuff
By bldckstark on 1/31/2006 12:45:06 PM , Rating: 3
What, the drinking? Yeah, that's been around for ages!

RE: Cool stuff
By bldckstark on 1/31/06, Rating: 0
RE: Cool stuff
By Caligynemaniac on 2/1/2006 1:08:23 AM , Rating: 2
The technology for computers drive on their own is NOT here. What the ADAS system does is vastly different from driving on its own. It is simply following another car. In order for the car to drive on its own, much more sophisticated systems need to be developed (and appropriate hardware to run them).

Quality Control lacking: Honda = LEMON
By Jackyl on 1/31/2006 12:42:26 PM , Rating: 4
This concept stuff will never happen, at least not in the next 200 years. Same thing goes for concept cars. Where are they? They sure have not made them available to consumers yet.

Honda's quality control at the Ohio plant needs to be addressed first. I got an '03 Accord Coupe that had nothing but problems. It was in the shop over a dozen times in the first year I owned it.

Problems my car had(car manufactured at Ohio plant)...
Paint chipping off(door was repainted); hard brake pads warped the cheap rotors(twice); Moulding coming apart all around the car; needed an engine mount to supress vibrations; recall on air-intake; coolant leak; gas sensor went out after 5,000 miles; etc...

Continuing problems...Paint still is chipping and spots are developing on car, even though I wax it every other week. The clear-coat sucks. Brakes still make noise and don't last 15,000 miles. I've had so many problems with this car, it makes me want to put a big LEMON sticker on the back glass to let other people know.

RE: Quality Control lacking: Honda = LEMON
By Bonrock on 1/31/06, Rating: -1
RE: Quality Control lacking: Honda = LEMON
By Jackyl on 1/31/2006 6:03:05 PM , Rating: 3
No, it's NONE of the above! I have the documentation to prove it from all the repair I've had done. All repair was done at the dealership. Yes, there was an air intake clamp they had to replace. Yes, to everything I said was true.

I bought this Honda, on grounds because my brother had only minor problems with any of his Honda's(all made in Japan). And because of Honda's so-called commitment to quality that I always heard about. I am not abusive to my car. In fact I am gentle on the brakes and never speed. It's the 2003 4-cylinder (2-Door) coupe. Not 4-door. From what I've read, the 4-door for some reason has less problems. Looks like Honda slacked off on the 2-Door Coupe.

One other cosmetic thing that went bad is the CD faceplate. It started bulging out in the middle and wouldn't lie flat. The problem with the CD player design, is that the face is glued down. The glue was not holding. I had them fix that too, but it is now starting to become unglued again. Another annoyance when I got the car, was that the interior made "tapping" and creaking noise intermittently. Especially when the outside temperature changed dramatically. The noises were in the front dash, and driver side door mouldings. If I pushed on them enough, the noise stopped. Luckily, these noises subsided by themselves, but it took about a year until everything quieted down.

Go search for SERVICE BULLETINS on this car. Everytime someone has a certain problem with a car, Honda issues one of these to the dealerships. These are supposed to be available only to the dealer, but some internet sites have them too. Last time I checked my car there were over 200.

Next time, I will specifically request a car made in Japan. I will not take one from the Ohio plant again. Nor will I be a guiena-pig and buy a newly designed car. The 2003 was a total new design. The only thing I got out of this was a free 30,0000 mile checkup at the dealership.

Go to and search the forum archives. Many people have had these same problems and more. The 2004-05 still have less problems but they still remain.

By Caligynemaniac on 2/1/2006 1:10:20 AM , Rating: 2
I love how not speeding and going easy on the brakes equates to babying a car. Let me tell you bud, you got a lot to learn about cars.

Bad drivers
By DigitalFreak on 1/31/2006 2:03:46 PM , Rating: 2
The sooner they can remove the human factor from driving, the better. Too many assholes on the road not paying attention.

RE: Paying attention...
By Cocytus on 1/31/2006 5:30:15 PM , Rating: 3

Oops! Sorry! Could you repeat that? I was distracted....

By Samus on 2/1/2006 3:57:19 AM , Rating: 2
Your first problem was buying a Honda. Your second problem was buying a car made in Ohio.

Honda began as a motorcycle company and didn't even produce cars until 40 years ago. How much experience do you think they have? No wonder they have chronic ball joint failures, poor braking systems and outdated chassis designs (although they're finally catching up) along with other nikpit's like bad paint (explains premature rust.)

Buy a Toyota or a Nissan if you want a quality Japanese car. Mazda isn't so bad either. I mean really, if Harley Davidson built an automobile, would you buy it? It isn't their market, and it would probably suck forever.

RE: Morons
By KronikBudz on 2/1/2006 1:37:25 PM , Rating: 2
Just to clarify, a Mazda is not a Jap vehicle. Mazda is owned by Ford, go to their website........

By klingon on 1/31/2006 1:47:18 PM , Rating: 2
Well.....c'mon.....atleast these guys has come up with somethin' different and advanced...this will eventually encourage other companies to come up with somethin better than this....say like..."u dont need a driver any more" Accord can atleast give us 80 per cent of the steering torque + it buzzes u when u are doozed....this is enough to save ure ass a bit .

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