CMBS is designed to assist drivers in avoiding a frontal collision—or reducing its effects if unavoidable.
The Accord Hybrid's standard Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)8 is one of the most sophisticated safety systems available.
It incorporates the features of the Forward Collision Warning (FCW)9 system.
A part of the Honda Sensing® suite of technologies, CMBS is designed to alert drivers of a potential frontal collision via visual and audible alerts and help the driver take corrective actions.
The system can even apply the brakes to help reduce the forces of a collision if the system determines one to be unavoidable.
The system is designed to perform in three stages:
STAGE ONE: If the system determines there is a risk of collision with a vehicle or pedestrian detected ahead, it will issue visual and audible alerts to the driver.
STAGE TWO: If the risk of a collision increases and the driver takes no action, the system will continue the visual and audible alerts, and begin to apply light braking.
STAGE THREE: If the system determines that a collision is unavoidable, it will continue the visual and audible alerts, and apply strong braking to help mitigate the forces of the collision.
Important Note: The CMBS system on the Accord Hybrid will not be able to apply enough braking force to prevent all collisions. CMBS also cannot detect all objects ahead; the driver must intervene in certain situations, and must always be attentive when using the system. Also, CMBS may not go through all three stages, and may automatically engage the final stage if the system deems it necessary.