Why is Honda Sensing Not Working?

February 21st, 2019 by

Honda Sensing is an intelligent suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies designed to alert your to things you might miss while driving.

For you and your passenger’s safety, there are times when the system may not work:

1. Radar Sensors are Obstructed

Honda Sensing uses two distinctly different kinds of sensors, a radar sensor located at the lower part of the front bumper and a front sensor camera mounted to the interior side of the windshield, behind the rear view mirror. When brushing off your car in the winter, be sure to remove the snow covering the sensors.

2. Severe Weather and Road Conditions

Rain, snow, fog, or extreme heat can obstruct the sensors and affect the road condition. If a lane or vehicle ahead can not be detected, certain features of Honda Sensing will not work. Additionally, winding roads may also prevent the sensors from detecting a lane.

3. Traveling Speed

Honda Sensing will only work if you are traveling a certain speed:

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM): 45MPH-90MPH

Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) : 45MPH-90MPH

Lane Departure Warning (LDW): 40MPH-90MPH

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): 25MPH and above

Forward Collision Warning (FCW): 3MPH and above

4. Honda Sensing is not Activated

To learn how to turn on and use Honda Sensing click here.


If none of these conditions apply, there may be something else wrong with the Honda Sensing in your vehicle. Call our Service Department to schedule an appointment so that we may better assist you.


As a reminder, you are responsible for safely operating your vehicle and avoiding collisions. Honda Sensing is only meant to assist you and cannot detect all objects, lane markings, or lane departures.