Vehicle safety features are vital tools to help instill confidence in drivers while sharing the road. AcuraWatch is a collection of the latest safety technology that assists in mitigating collisions. These features work toward creating a zero-collision society and ensuring safety for all occupants.

How to Use AcuraWatch

AcuraWatch has several tools, including a forward collision warning, automatic emergency brakes, a multi-angle reversing camera and lane departure warning. Safety features such as Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) use two distinct sensors as part of its driver support system. Some features like the collision mitigation braking system and road departure mitigation do not require activation. However, others, like the adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, will require switch operations to activate.

Forward Collision Warning

The forward collision warning system determines the distance and closing speed of the vehicle ahead, analyzing if there is a need to and when to apply the automatic emergency braking system. It readjusts using a programmed system to avoid or reduce the severity of a collision. This feature is activated every time you start the car.

When the system predicts the potential for collision, it will give you visual and audio alerts. If the speed isn't reduced, the system automatically applies brakes to reduce the speed to mitigate a collision.

Adaptive Cruise Control

The advanced radar behind the Acura emblem functions as part of the adaptive cruise control feature that can automatically accelerate or brake to maintain a set speed behind a vehicle detected in front of you. To activate this feature, you'll have to determine if your vehicle is ready to enable adaptive cruise control. If the ACC LKAS indicator is not already lit, press MAIN on the right side of the steering wheel to begin. Then, press the INTERVAL button, showing as a car with a range of bars beneath it, until you reach the desired interval bars to set the interval speed. These speeds range from short (a distance of 83 feet to 100) to extra long (a distance of 207 feet and 272 feet).

Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning

The lane keep assist system and lane departure warning aid in keeping drivers aware of their driving habits while on the road. Vehicles equipped with AcuraWatch have front-facing cameras that help monitor all the lane markings within the road. They warn the drivers whenever the vehicle begins to leave the lane without using the turn signal. The car will be steered back to the system's path when your vehicle drifts over the road marking.

To turn the lane keeping assist system on, press the MAIN button on the right side of the steering wheel. On the Multi-Information Display (MID), you will see gray lane markings when the system is looking for markings and solid gray lines when lane markings are detected. To deactivate this feature, press the LKAS (depicted as a steering wheel between lane markings) button.

Blind Spot Information System

The blind spot information system on the AcuraWatch uses radar sensors at the rear bumper corners to expand your visibility by alerting you when a vehicle is detected in the merging lane or your blind spot. The system is automatically activated by factory default and operates when moving at a speed of 20 mph or above. If your vehicle detects a car on either side of you, an indicator will appear and flash on your vehicle's side view mirrors.

The AcuraWatch tools are designed to keep drivers and passengers as safe as possible while on the road. To learn more about the AcuraWatch features, we invite you to contact our Acura dealership for more details.

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