Highlighting one of its many new and innovative family-friendly features, Popular Science recognized the 2018 Honda Odyssey’s CabinWatch™ with its “2017 Best of What’s New” award. CabinWatch uses a ceiling-mounted camera to give parents a birds-eye view of children in the second- and third-row seats, including those in rear-facing child seats, with the image displayed on the front-mounted 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen. With infrared capability, the system works day and night, allowing a parent, for example, to monitor a sleeping child without turning on a light; and with simple smartphone-like gestures, the parents can easily zoom in and out or pan for a better view.
Built to make everyone in the family happy, the 2018 Odyssey went on sale in May and also recently earned the highest safety ratings of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-Star Overall Vehicle from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
“The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that shape the future,” says Joe Brown, Editor in Chief, Popular Science. “From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breathtakingly cool, this is the best of what’s new.”
The 2018 Odyssey offers a broad range of active and passive safety features, including Honda Sensing, which can help drivers avoid a collision or mitigate its severity and is now standard on EX and above trims. Honda Sensing technologies include Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).