All-New Honda Jazz Fitted with New Safety Features
To show their commitment to passenger safety, Honda Europe has equipped the all-new Jazz with a new front-center airbag technology. The best part? It comes as standard.
The newly-introduced passive safety feature is just another element from the Japanese company's comprehensive package of safety features and driver aids that they will give the all-new Jazz, further reinforcing the car’s reputation as one of Europe's safest.
The new front center airbag is placed within the back of the driver’s seat and once triggered, it expands into the space between driver and passenger. This new airbag, one of 10 in the new Jazz, helps to avoid direct contact and reduce impact between a driver and a passenger in the event of a side-on collision. To ensure the airbag is accurately placed to deliver maximum protection during deployment,
In a statement, Honda claimed that, "the airbag uses three attachment tethers which guide the airbag around the driver in a curve. To realize this new feature, the engineering team developed the airbag unit to fit within the upper bolster of the newly designed driver’s seat. The new front centre airbag works in concert with two other features in the event of a side on collision. The seat belt pre-tensioners for both driver and passenger work to reduce lateral occupant movement and are further supported by the centre armrest which has increased in height. Overall the impact of this new approach can reduce injury to the head by 85 percent for near-side passenger and 98 percent for far-side passenger (Honda internal testing)."
Other further improvements for new Jazz include the rear seat i-side Airbag System. This is a unique double-structure airbag that comes fitted in the rear seat pad. It works to protect rear occupants from impacts against the door and C-pillar in the event of side-on collisions. To preserve the vehicle's styling, the airbag is also designed in compact size in order not to detract from the unique magic seat function of Jazz.
Honda created these new advancements in occupant safety come as Euro NCAP, the European consumer protection organisation for vehicle safety, introduces new test requirements in 2020 in recognition of the severe effects of side-on collisions.
"Occupant safety is of the utmost importance for our designers when we develop a new car," said Takeki Tanaka, Large Project Leader for Honda. "We completely redesigned the latest generation Jazz from the ground up, which meant that we were able to incorporate new advanced structural technologies and the latest passive safety features to provide exceptional protection from all kinds of accidents. With the addition of an upgraded suite of advanced safety features and driver aids as standard, we are confident that the all-new Jazz remains one of the safest cars in its class."
The all-new Jazz incorporates Honda's proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure technology that forms the foundation for excellent passive safety performance, enhancing occupant crash protection.
It works by distributing crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle via connected structural elements, reducing the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. ACE™ will not only protect the car and its passengers, but will also reduce the collision energy against the other vehicle.
These passive safety features on the new Jazz are complemented by the Honda SENSING suite of active safety and driver assist technologies which have been enhanced for the latest Jazz model.
A new wider angle, higher definition camera replaces the multi-purpose camera and City-Brake Active System (CTBA) sensor set-up of the previous-generation Jazz. The camera will now be able to detect if the vehicle approaches the outer edge of a pavement (into a grass or gravel border), an oncoming vehicle, or drifting into another lane without indicating and, road signs. The camera is also able to eliminate fogging for a constantly clear field of view.
The all-new Jazz also includes:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System with improved night-time operation- detects pedestrians when there is no street lighting, alerts the driver when it detects a cyclist cutting across, and applies the brakes when the Jazz cuts across or turns into the path of a oncoming vehicle.
- Adaptive Cruise Control- automatically monitors the gap between the front bumper and the car in front, and allows the car to follow traffic at low speeds in congestion (Low Speed Follow).
- Lane Keeping Assist System- operates from 72km/h on urban and rural roads – as well as multi-lane highways – for increased safety in more situations.
- Road Departure Mitigation System- assists the driver to not stray from the road. It alerts the driver if it detects the vehicle approaching the outer edge of the pavement, an oncoming vehicle, or drifting into another lane without using the turn signals.
- Traffic Sign Recognition System- uses the front wide view camera to detect road signs whenever the vehicle is moving forward. The system automatically recognizes and displays the signs via the seven-inch LCD display in the gauge cluster once the vehicle has passed the sign.
- Intelligent Speed Limiter- detects traffic speed signs and automatically sets the speed limit. If the traffic sign shows a slower speed compared to the actual vehicle speed, an indicator on the display flashes with an alarm sound and the system gradually decreases the vehicle's speed.
- Auto High-Beam- switched High Beam head lights on/off automatically depending on oncoming/preceding vehicles, bicycles and environmental brightness.
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