What Honda's & Acura's will be like in 5-10 years...

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    Exclamation What Honda's & Acura's will be like in 5-10 years...

    It should come to no surprise that Honda and Acura are going through some drastic changes, the ILX being a great example of the direction Acura is heading into.
    Also other cars like the upcoming RLX and next generation RDX which will come with technologies that both brands never had, technologies that can be said to be game-changing.

    Now if that wasn't enough, in 5-10 years Acura's and Honda's will have Autonomous Emergency Brake, Intelligent Advanced Cruise Control, and Green Wave (more about this in the quoted text below). Could we possibly expect anything more from both brands? If so, what could it be? What would you want? What technologies could the ILX use in future production years?

    Autonomous Emergency Brake is a pedestrian-detection system that will haul the car to a stop in an emergency, similar to Volvo’s City Safety. The Honda system combines both a camera mounted in the windshield and a millimeter-wave radar unit that scans for objects ahead. This allows for emergency braking at speeds of up to 37 mph, as the radar scans for objects ahead while the camera verifies the object’s shape using a pedestrian-detection scheme. We drove a car fitted with the tech, with a cardboard cutout acting as both a standing and moving pedestrian, and it worked, although the sensation of the car stopping on its own is eerie, even uncomfortable.

    The same camera and radar system is used for Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, which addresses one of the current problems with adaptive-cruise systems. Presently, when a car cuts you off, most adaptive-cruise systems abruptly slows down to establish a safe distance ahead. Honda’s system tracks up to six cars ahead and uses an advanced logic system to predict the motions of the drivers around the car. If there’s a car in the right lane closing in on a slow truck, for instance, Intelligent ACC sees both the truck and car and figures out that the car might change lanes soon (it also looks at lateral movement within the lane), and preemptively slows down to give the car space keeps things smooth inside the cabin.

    Have you seen a red light ahead on the road and, knowing that it will soon turn green, attempt to time it so you don’t have to slow down? Green Wave essentially is a coach that helps you do that like a pre-cognitive genius. In Japan, tens of thousands of traffic lights are equipped with beacons that broadcast their current state, while next-generation beacons that Green Wave will rely on also send out the light’s timing. A receiver in the car picks up this data and broadcasts the wait until the light will turn green using a counting-down set of horizontal bars. When driving, Green Wave recommends the appropriate speed to make the green light at the next intersection, or if you’re not going to make the light it tells the driver when to lift off the gas. The result of all this is not just smoother driving, but fuel savings as less energy is wasted using the brakes. In terms of fuel-saving technology, Green Wave make a lot of sense by coaching the driver to save gas. Unfortunately, we probably won’t ever see such a system Stateside.
    Source: Car & Driver

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    I might be a lone wolf on this one but as much as all the nanny safety features are great for families on family cars I think Acura should concentrate on keeping up in the performance section. It has always been something that people have criticized about Acuras cars. Lack of power and front wheel drive.

    The new SH AWD is a great direction. I love the new TL. The new interior designs are very nice.

    For me.. Apart from all the great features I'd like to see more stylish exteriors and interiors.. Things like heated seats and steering wheels as well as cooled seats being added to more cars in the lineup. I want to see more technology trickle down. I'd like to see better and faster automatic transmissions as well as continue to offer performance models in 6 speed and GIVE THEM LSDS.

    Much like Infiniti, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus.. They still prioritize Performance. That is something I would like to see Acura do over the next few years. The new NSX seems to be a great step.. With Toyota with the new GT86/Scion FR-S and rumors of a new MR2 and Supra around the corner.. The Honda vs Toyota battle needs to start again. The success of the Scion FR-S already lays a path down for everyone else to jump on to. There IS a market for a performance car if you make the right one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrp View Post
    I might be a lone wolf on this one but as much as all the nanny safety features are great for families on family cars I think Acura should concentrate on keeping up in the performance section. It has always been something that people have criticized about Acuras cars. Lack of power and front wheel drive.

    The new SH AWD is a great direction. I love the new TL. The new interior designs are very nice.

    For me.. Apart from all the great features I'd like to see more stylish exteriors and interiors.. Things like heated seats and steering wheels as well as cooled seats being added to more cars in the lineup. I want to see more technology trickle down. I'd like to see better and faster automatic transmissions as well as continue to offer performance models in 6 speed and GIVE THEM LSDS.

    Much like Infiniti, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus.. They still prioritize Performance. That is something I would like to see Acura do over the next few years. The new NSX seems to be a great step.. With Toyota with the new GT86/Scion FR-S and rumors of a new MR2 and Supra around the corner.. The Honda vs Toyota battle needs to start again. The success of the Scion FR-S already lays a path down for everyone else to jump on to. There IS a market for a performance car if you make the right one.
    I think acura has no choice but to include those advanced safety features. a lot of major automotive brands are including safety features just like what Acura has planned. If they don't go forward with them, it could hurt sales.

    Acura needs to focus on both safety and performance, don't know why they're slacking....if toyota can make the push to be completely different, why can't Honda?

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    More options are better; my biggest complaint is packaging.To get what you want you have to buy something you don't. Give me a base car and let me load it the way I want . I don't care for a back-up camera but I would spend that money on homelink or an LSD or Navi

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    I think many people have that complaint for cars. It's too costly to be able to fully customize your car from the factory. So they have packages to make it easier for the factory. This isn't an expensive car. If you can't individually spec out a RL I doubt they will do so with the ILX. I really would have liked a LSD in the 6 speed.

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