Technology is all around us. It controls, dictates, and manages our daily lives like no other time in human history. In other words, we just can’t live without it. Whether its smartphones, tablets, or laptops we need to take our technology with us just about wherever we go. So it should come as no surprise that today’s modern automobiles are crammed with tons of high tech.
Of course, it wasn’t always this way. Imagine having just an AM radio as your only source of entertainment on a long drive. Automotive safety, too, has come a long way from the days of lap belts and no airbags. And engineering innovations such a direct injection, variable valve timing, lightweight aluminum block engines, and Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVTs) were technologies that even the most sophisticated exotic vehicles of the day couldn’t match or even conceive of.
Honda’s Pioneering Technology
But that was then. And this is now. Pioneering automakers such as Honda have blazed a path, developing a new generation of technology for a new generation of drivers. In fact, Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda Motor Company, founded the Honda Technical Research Institute shortly after the end of World War II. Since that time, Honda has been at the forefront of automotive technological innovation.
Today, Honda continues to push the technology envelope, engineering some of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the road today. Take Honda’s groundbreaking hybrid, electric, and futuristic hydrogen fuel cell technology, for example. Honda was the first major car manufacturer to develop and produce a vehicle powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery. Called the “EV Plus,” this breakthrough electric vehicle was available for lease in California between 1995 and 1997.
The Evolution Of Hybrid/Electric/Fuel Cell Technology
Since then, Honda’s hybrid/electric and all-electric technology has continued to evolve. Take, for instance, the amazingly fuel-efficient 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid for sale near Columbus at your Central Ohio Honda Dealers.
Combining a traditional 2.0-liter gasoline-powered Earth Dreams™ i-VTEC engine with powerful electric motors and high-capacity batteries on the new 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid allow it to achieve up to an EPA-estimated 49 mpg on the highway. Plus the Accord Hybrid can also be driven for short distances on pure electric power alone.
The award-winning Honda Civic Hybrid also employs some pretty remarkable fuel-saving technology called Integrated Motor Assist® (IMA). An electric motor mounted between the Civic’s 1.5-liter engine and the transmission boosts power when needed. It can also propel the vehicle for short distances on all-electric power alone.
Honda is also shattering technological boundaries with the astonishing new 2017 Honda FCX Clarity. The Clarity. The Clarity uses the most abundant element in the Universe, hydrogen, to create electrical energy that powers the vehicle’s electric motors. The result is an astonishing 300-mile range on all-electric power with zero emissions. In fact, the only thing that comes out of the exhaust is water.
Take a tour of our new 2017 Hondas for sale near Columbus at your Central Ohio Honda Dealers and you’re bound to come away impressed. Honda puts tech where it matters most; both to enhance your driving pleasure and to improve your safety behind the wheel.
“Infotainment” Technology Innovations
Plugin. Tune in. Get connected. The latest communication, connectivity, and information-rich technology are literally at your fingertips. Steering wheel-mounted controls allow you to use Bluetooth® to send and receive calls. You can enjoy a vast library of crystal-clear programming through SiriusXM® Radio and PANDORA®.
And Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ take smartphone connectivity to the next level. Just plug your compatible iPhone® or Android-powered device into the handy USB port and watch as the full-color 7-inch Display Audio Touchscreen transforms into familiar icons and smartphone-enabled functions. You can pinch, swipe, and activate these features on the touchscreen display similar to how you would operate your smartphone. Now that’s smart.
Leading-Edge Safety Technologies
Year after year Hondas receives top safety ratings from major testing agencies such as the IIHS and the NHTSA. Seven different 2016 Honda models have earned the NHTSA’s coveted 5-star rating, while the IIHS has awarded several Honda models, including the Accord, Accord Coupe, Pilot SUV and CR-V SUV with its Top Safety Pick+ designation. Honda was also one of the first automakers to offer a rear multi-view color camera on each of its models as standard equipment.
Proving that safety isn’t skin deep, Honda’s exclusive ACE™ body structure surrounds passengers in a safety cage designed to take the energy of a front impact and distribute it evenly throughout the structure to help minimize injury. Dual-stage, multiple-threshold airbags, along with available SmartVent® Front-side and side-curtain airbags on select models provide additional passenger protection.
Active Safety Technologies
Honda has also received industry accolades for its cutting-edge suite of advanced active safety features that are designed to help prevent accidents from occurring by alerting drivers to potential roadway hazards. This comprehensive collection of forward-thinking safety technologies is called Honda Sensing™. Here’s how this technology works:
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses cameras and sensors that detect if your vehicle is drifting out of its lane.
Lane Keeping Assist determines if you are staying in the middle of your lane. It can even make adjustments to the steering automatically to nudge your Honda back into the center of travel.
Road Departure Mitigation senses if your vehicle is getting too close to the side of a roadway, possibly as a result of drowsy driving. The system alerts you with rapid pulses of the steering wheel. If the system senses that no action is being taken to correct the vehicle, it can adjust the steering and braking to help nudge the car back into the intended lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control helps to avoid making constant adjustments to your speed in traffic by setting a specific distance between you and the cars ahead of you.
Forward-Collision Warning and the Collision Mitigation Braking System use advanced millimeter wave radar and front-facing cameras to sense an impending impact with a vehicle ahead of you. The system automatically applies braking if you take no action.
These are just a few examples of the many ways Honda’s ingenuity, imagination, and innovation are driving the future of automotive engineering and technology. And we can’t wait to see what’s next!
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