Honda has developed a Collision Mitigation Brake System, which it says predicts rear-end collisions and assists brake operation to reduce the impact on the occupants and the amount of vehicle damage.

Honda has developed a Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMS), which it says predicts rear-end collisions and assists brake operation to reduce the impact on the occupants and the amount of vehicle damage.

The manufacturer said this system determines the likelihood of a collision based on driving conditions, distance to the vehicle ahead, and relative speeds, and uses visual and audio warnings to prompt the driver to take preventative action. It can also initiate braking to reduce the vehicle's speed if enough pressure is not applied.

The new system will be installed in the new Inspire scheduled for release in June, in combination with the "E-Pretensioner," which retracts the seatbelt in anticipation of impact.

The CMS and E-Pretensioner use a millimetre-wave radar to detect vehicles ahead within a range of 100 m, and then calculate the distance between the vehicles, the relative vehicle speeds, and the anticipated vehicle path to determine the likelihood of a collision. If the system determines that a collision is likely, it sounds an alarm and provides a tactile warning, tightening the seatbelt to prompt the driver to take preventative action.

The E-Pretensioner retracts the seatbelt with enough force to compensate for seatbelt slack or baggy clothing.