Honda Lane Keeping Assist vs Road Departure Mitigation

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at 7:49 am
graphic showing a Honda vehicle detecting other cars on the road with camera and radar detection

Difference Between Honda Road Departure Mitigation and Lane Keeping Assist 

Honda models have a wide range of high tech features, and some of the most innovative of those features fall into the safety department. Through Honda Sensing®, a suite of safety and driver assistance technologies available on family-friendly models like the CR-V and Odyssey, drivers can have more peace of mind on the road than ever before. Two systems from Honda Sensing® that are driver favorites are Road Departure Mitigation and Lane Keeping Assist. But some may ask, what is actually the difference between these two safety systems. 

First off, let’s provide a description of each system so that we can better understand what each one is meant to do. The Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) uses a small camera to identify road markers and will alert the driver or take action if the vehicle begins to leave the road. The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) can detect if the vehicle begins to stray too far from the center of a detected lane without activating the turn signal and adjust the steering accordingly. 

At first glance, it may seem that these two systems are the exact same thing, but in practice, they both work hand-in-hand while still having their differences. If your vehicle starts to veer toward the outside of the lane, the LKAS will kick in and actively steer the vehicle so that it is closer to the center of the lane. In this way, LKAS is much more of an active system. RDM kicks in only when LKAS is insufficient, making it a more passive system and one that can take more drastic measures if it is determined that the vehicle is about to leave the road fully to keep you off the shoulder or out of the ditch. 

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What Honda Vehicles Have Honda Sensing®? 

graphic depicting how the Honda lane keeping assist system worksIf these types of features interest you, you’ll want to know what Honda models come with such features. Again, you’ll find them through Honda Sensing®, and these days, many Honda models come with that particular suite of safety technologies. At the time of this blog post, 2018 models that offer Honda Sensing® include: 

  • Ridgeline 
  • Accord 
  • Civic 
  • Clarity 
  • CR-V 
  • Fit 
  • Odyssey 
  • Pilot 

To learn more about anything and everything regarding Honda vehicles, be sure to check back to the Van’s Honda blog. We’ll continue to update you on all the latest Honda news as well. 

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