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Apr 12, 2024

On April 11, Honda announced that it has co-developed an innovative app called Honda Scenic Audio that is the world's first AI-powered accessibility app to enhance journeys in motor vehicles for the blind and visually impaired riding.

Developed in partnership with Perkins School for the Blind's Howe Innovation Center, the new Honda Scenic Audio app works by creating and narrating nuanced real-time scenic audio descriptions of the world outside their car window.

The Honda Scenic Audio app uses a combination of computer vision, generative AI, satellite imaging, and a multitude of other technologies and sources, including geotargeting and weather reports, to create a meticulously detailed, scenic narrative of what is taking place outside of the car window on a road trip or scenic drive, going beyond the basics of dictating the scenery.   

The app was built to create multifaceted narratives with a literary tone and expressive descriptions with nuanced adjectives, recognizable sounds, comparisons of heights and terrain and even the temperature outside. 

The Honda Scenic Audio app is now in beta-testing with members of the blind and visually impaired community, who will provide test and learn feedback. 

(Honda release on April 11, 2024)

Apr 12, 2024

On April 9, Acura revealed an extensive refresh of the 2025 MDX flagship luxury 3-row SUV.

The 2025 MDX and MDX Type S performance SUVs will begin arriving at Acura dealers across the U.S. in May from Honda’s East Liberty plant in Ohio, where they are built.   

All 2025 MDX models feature a new, more aggressive front fascia with a new open-frame Diamond Pentagon grille and redesigned diamond pattern grille mesh.

The cabin receives a new 12.3-inch touchscreen user interface featuring Google built-in along with a redesigned center console with improved functionality, USB-C ports inside, increased storage, and a more accessible wireless smartphone charger.

New for the 2025 model year is the arrival of the MDX A-Spec with Advance Package, which combines sport appearance with additional premium features including a head-up display, 16-way power front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, heated steering wheel, and Surround View Camera.

The high-performance 2025 MDX Type S with Advance Package debuts the new AcuraWatch 360 system that introduces an updated front long-range millimeter wave radar behind the Acura emblem, an updated front camera at the top of the windshield, new millimeter wave radars at all four corners, and a new steering wheel touch sensor, that together enables multiple new driver assistance features, including Active Lane Change Assist, Lane Change Collision Mitigation, and Front Cross Traffic Warning.

(Acura press release on April 9, 2024)

Apr 11, 2024

On April 10, Euro NCAP released safety ratings of the NIO EL6, the new Toyota C-HR, and Honda's CR-V.

The NIO EL6 achieved an overall rating of five stars. The vehicle utilizes a camera, radar, and lidar sensors to detect surroundings, aiming to prevent accidents. It is equipped with automated emergency braking (AEB) to avoid collisions with vehicles and pedestrians, though it doesn't cover scenarios involving oncoming or passing motorcycles.

The Toyota C-HR also achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating. The vehicle features a driver monitoring system that detects drowsy driving through steering inputs and lane position. It also comes with an autonomous emergency braking system, earning top marks in almost every test.

The new Honda CR-V 2.0 Hybrid received a 4-star rating with standard equipment and a 5-star rating with the optional Honda Sensing 360 package. The base model includes a camera and a single radar, while the safety package adds corner radars, improving the performance of the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). The safety pack also improves the AEB system, particularly in preventing collisions with pedestrians and vehicles.

Based on EURO NCAP press release