Honda’s LKAS Keeps You Driving Straight

January 22nd, 2019 by

How Does Honda’s Lane Keeping Assist System Work?
Many of today’s vehicles are filled with technologies that give you peace of mind on the road, and that is certainly the case with models found in the Honda lineup. Thanks to safety tech like Honda’s Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), drivers can feel safer on the road. If you’re unfamiliar with the system, however, let us walk you through how it works and how to use it on the drive.

For the demonstration purposes here, we’re using the 2019 Honda Pilot, though the instructions should apply to many modern Honda vehicles. If they don’t, you can always contact us at Hilton Head Honda for assistance and we’d be happy to answer any questions you have.

What Does Honda’s LKAS Do?
So, first things first… what does the Lane Keeping Assist System actually do? Well, as the name implies, the system helps keep the vehicle within its lane, but even more importantly than that, we should address how exactly it does so.

On the front of the windshield is a mounted camera that can detect lane markings. When the lane markings are detected, and the vehicle is found to be going outside those marking, the system can access the electric power steering to veer the vehicle safely back within the lines. When activated, you may notice the steering wheel moving ever so subtly on its own to make the proper correction.

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How to Turn On LKAS
The LKAS goes into action on its own, so it doesn’t require any additional input from the driver. But, you will want to have the system turned on if it isn’t already. To do so, follow these quick steps:

Press MAIN on your steering wheel.
Then, next to it, press the LKAS button that looks like hands on a steering wheel with lane markers.
You will know the system is turned on if LKAS is lit up in the instrument cluster next to a digital display of a road.

It’s important to note that LKAS may not be operational in all conditions and it should never be treated as a fully autonomous driving system. For example, LKAS is designed to operate between 45-90 mph (not slower or faster), on roads with clear lane markings that can be detected, on straight or just slightly curved roads rather than roads with significant amounts of twists and turns, and while your hands are on the wheel (LKAS will not work if you remove your hands from the wheel). You will know the LKAS has detected the lane markings when the digital display lights up the digital lane marking in white.

[Read more: LKAS is part of the Honda Sensing® suite. Find out what else comes with this collection of safety technologies.]

As you can see, Honda’s LKAS technology can really give you peace of mind on the road and back you up during your drive. To learn more about your favorite Honda vehicles or technologies, check back to the Hilton Head Honda blog.

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