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HONDA KITT OUT CAR WITH CRASH RADAR.

Byline: MIRROR REPORTER

HONDA engineers have created a Knight Rider-style car safety system which predicts and prevents crashes.

The Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMS) emits warnings if the motorist is at risk of a rear-end collision - just like David Hasselhoff's high-tech car KITT in the hit 1980s TV show.

The system also gently tightens the seat belt to warn the driver.

And if a crash seems imminent CMS takes control of the brakes.

The technology, a millimetre-wave radar which detects vehicles ahead within a 100-metre radius, determines the likelihood of a collision based on driving conditions.

When there is a risk of a crash a buzzer sounds and the message brake flashes on the steering dial.

If the distance between the two vehicles gets smaller, CMS brakes and tightens the seat belt two or three times.

At this point, if the driver brakes, the system activates the brake assist function to reduce impact speed.

The system will be installed in the new Honda Inspire.

A Honda spokesman said: "We consider safety to be one of our core responsibilities."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 14, 2003
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