Exploring the fancy tech in the sensible Civic

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    It’s been an eventful few months for our long-term Civic. Associate online editor Jason Udy, the Civic’s original chaperone, recently moved on to the long-term Nissan Titan HD Pro-4X Diesel. During its time as an orphan, the Civic was involved in a hit-and-run accident while parked on the rough streets of L.A, suffering over $2,000 worth of damage to the driver’s side rear door and fender. After a few weeks in the body shop, the Civic returned in mint condition and to a new chaperone–me.

    One thing that immediately stood out on our fully loaded Touring model is Honda Sensing, which is essentially a package of semi-autonomous technology. Honda, however, makes no mention of “semi-autonomous” in any of the material I’ve dug up—a wise move considering the controversy Tesla endured with its AutoPilot system.

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    That said, the Civic can almost drive itself on a highway. It’s capable of coming to a full stop and accelerating (in stop-and-go traffic, for example), and it has a Road Departure Mitigation System (RDMS) that applies “mild steering torque” to keep the Civic in its lane.

    So how does it work? Pretty well, actually, as long as the highway is mostly straight. RDMS gives up fairly easily on prolonged curves or dicey lane markings. And it will only steer for about 10 seconds before relinquishing steering duties back to the driver. Overall, the semi-autonomous steering systems offered by Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo are more robust.

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    That said, the Civic can almost drive itself on a highway. It’s capable of coming to a full stop and accelerating (in stop-and-go traffic, for example), and it has a Road Departure Mitigation System (RDMS) that applies “mild steering torque” to keep the Civic in its lane.

    So how does it work? Pretty well, actually, as long as the highway is mostly straight. RDMS gives up fairly easily on prolonged curves or dicey lane markings. And it will only steer for about 10 seconds before relinquishing steering duties back to the driver. Overall, the semi-autonomous steering systems offered by Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo are more robust.
     
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