TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Honda's innovative LaneWatch™ blind spot display, introduced in the all-new 2013 Accord, has been named a finalist for the AOL Autos 2012 Technology of the Year Award, which will be awarded to one Grand Prize winner in January at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
"The new Accord was designed to provide excellent visibility for the driver and all passengers," said Michael Accavitti, vice president of marketing operations for American Honda. "LaneWatch is a natural fit with that philosophy, and it's an intuitive advancement in technology that drivers will use and enjoy every day."
The AOL Autos Technology of The Year Award panel identified finalists among emerging automotive industry technology in the categories of telematics, connectivity and passive safety available in vehicles on sale between Sept. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2012. Starting Nov. 28, the public can review articles and videos showing each Technology of the Year finalist on AOLAutos.com, and vote on the technology they find the most compelling. The winner of that consumer vote will have the weight of one of 17 judges on the panel as they decide the Grand Prize winner.
Available on some of the most popular Accord models, not limited to top trims, the new LaneWatch blind spot display is standard on 2013 Accord EX and above Sedan, EX-L Coupe and on most 2013 Crosstour models. LaneWatch uses a camera positioned below the passenger-side exterior mirror to display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the standard 8-inch color intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID). The image appears when the right turn signal is activated, or when a button on the end of the turn signal stalk is pressed. The feature can also be deactivated in the vehicle settings at the driver's discretion.
The typical field of view for a passenger-side mirror is approximately 18 to 22 degrees, but the LaneWatch blind spot display field-of-view is about four times greater, or approximately 80 degrees. The system helps the driver to see traffic, as well as pedestrians or objects, in the vehicle's blind spot. To help make judging distance easier, the display has three reference lines. Drivers are encouraged to visually confirm roadway conditions prior to changing lanes.