What is Honda Lanewatch?

This article was inspired by an article I read on another blog that bashed Honda LaneWatch into oblivion. Making it out to be useless technology. I feel like the article was less than informative and more opinion based. Unfortunately the opinion happened to be coming from someone influential who had claimed to be driving for 30 years without it. They even went as far as saying to basically beware of the salespeople who will tell you it's useful.

I would never outright tell someone something is useful without showing them why so they could make that decision for themselves, but I digress. This person completely neglected the benefits and refused to even mention them.

I personally own a vehicle with it and 100% recommend it. I would be deeply saddened if Honda was to remove it from their cars and I feel like I'm missing something valuable when I'm driving cars on the lot that don't have it. So, I feel like it's my duty to explain it and promote it's benefits along with many other raving fans to help ensure it remains a valuable feature in the Honda line up. Call me bias, or a "sales guy", or whatever you want to call me.

The facts are the facts folks!
Honda Lanewatch Camera

Honda Lanewatch Camera

Honda has made visibility breakthroughs in the past. For example, in the subcompact class, it's tough to find anything with visibility comparable to the Honda Fit with it's smaller front and back quarter glass windows and it's expansive front windshield.

Or how about the 3-angle backup camera that all of Honda's newer vehicles come equipped with? This camera can quite literally see around corners (or larger vehicles parked next to you, fences, walls, etc) when you as the driver might not be able to.

So what does the Honda LaneWatch camera add to the mix? Lets explore it's benefits and it's short comings.
1. It shows you more than your side mirror does.

I'm going to add two photos that I took the other day after parking my car. I wouldn't have to include an explaination for you to understand what I'm getting at, but I will for the sake of the blog. It's really quite amazing the differences between the photos!
Lanewatch vs Side Mirror Comparison

Lanewatch vs Side Mirror Comparison

Lanewatch vs Side Mirror Comparison

Lanewatch vs Side Mirror Comparison

Your mirror will only show you so much. As you can see in these images, at 8PM on a rainy day, my mirror was fogged and moisture build up on my window made it very hard to see what was on the passenger side of my car. The Lanewatch camera amplifies the available light in the area and is tucked into a crevice below the mirror keeping it free of moisture and giving you greater visibility in darker environments. Lets also note that I was unable to see the vehicle two parking spots over when looking in my mirror. If you could imagine changing from the passing lane, this camera gives you a wider range, reaching not one but two lanes across.

The orange and yellow lines on the screen help to give you an idea of just how far away the vehicle in your blindspot might be. We're all familiar with the phrase "objects in mirror are closer than they appear". Our side mirrors give us a view that doesn't necessarily represent whats happening in our blind spots. The Lanewatch Camera on the other hand might be giving us enough information to change lanes without the fear of hitting the car next to us. Long story short, if a car's bumper is in line with the red line on the screen, you'll probably hit them or have an angry driver tailing you if you change lanes! If the car in the lane you're trying to enter is lined up with the yellow lines, as long as you're going the appropriate speed, theoretically you should be safe to make the lane change happen.

2. It's not meant to replace your mirror or your shoulder checks. It's meant to compliment them.

Depending on which city you're from, mirror use and shoulder checking might be the difference between you passing your test. The Lanewatch camera isn't meant to replace these features, it's meant to compliment them. It's meant to give you an advantage. As you can see in the photos above, my mirrors apparently don't have my back 100% of the time. So for those times when your mirror isn't coming through for you, your Lanewatch camera can.
Lanewatch Vs Side Mirror Comparison

Lanewatch Vs Side Mirror Comparison

3. It's a learning curve.

To completely dismiss new technology simply because "you've gone 30 years without it" might be redundant in the grand scheme of things. How else are we supposed to eventually become cyborgs (my childhood dream)?! In a world where literally everywhere you look you see technology that wasn't here 30 years ago, it's kind of hard to avoid. Sure it'll take some time to learn, which is why Team Foui spends the time necessary with their clients showing you the benefits and how to use it. It might take some trial and error, but you'll get it! The Lanewatch Camera quickly becomes the type of feature that you learn how to use and once you do, you never want to be without it.
Lanewatch Bike Lane View

Lanewatch Bike Lane View

4. It's distracting! How am I supposed to drive with this screen showing me things?!

Thats a fair statement. It's probably the only real argument that stands a chance against Lanewatch. The camera is only on for 3 to 4 seconds (if that) when it's in use. Luckily, for the people skeptical of it's use, Honda has givin you hope! You can keep those 4 seconds from ruining your driving experience! Typically the Lanewatch Camera starts showing up in any EX trim level or higher in Honda's line up. Which also happens to be when its most common to find a sunroof, push to start, proximity keys, dual climate control and a boat load of other features you might like. So, lucky for you, in the event that you don't like the Lanewatch Camera you're only a few clicks of the touch screen away from turning it off completely. Allowing you to get the other 90% of features without the distraction of the Camera!
Honda Camera Settings

Honda Camera Settings


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