TodayApril 16, 2022

A first for the industry and for Honda on the 2013 Honda Accord

Good on you Honda. Through an earthquake(s), a Tsunami, power shortages, floods in Thailand you have brought out your new generation Honda Accord. You have brought out the new 2013 Honda Accord with a first for the industry and a first for Honda.

John Mendel, Executive Vice President, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., talked about the newest safety feature at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, “the 2013 Accord will get a new, Honda-exclusive blind spot display we will call “Honda Lane Watch.” With a camera mounted in the passenger side-view mirror, … the driver can use the display to identify vehicles in their blind spot through real-time video without the risk of false warnings found in some other systems. And Accord will be the only vehicle in it’s class to make this feature available.”

Art St. Cyr, President, Vice President, Product Planning, American Honda, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, and confirmed that the lane watch on the 2013 Honda Accord is a first for the automobile industry. St. Cyr also said that using Lane Departure Warning (LDW) was a first for the 2013 Honda Accord.

Lane watch is invaluable to people who have lost the ability to swivel their neck to the right to see if it is okay to move to the next lane. It is as simple to understand as blind spot and doesn’t appear to carry much more weight than blind spot. There are three lines on the nav system (or in the side mirror) that give a guestimate as to how far the car is away from you, and how far the car after that is away from the car in the lane you’re trying to get in.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW) is available on the 2013 Honda Accord EX-L and Touring Sedan and EX-L Coupe models. Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses an upper front windshield camera to visually read the lane lines on the road. If the driver begins to drift out of a detected lane without using the turn indicator, the system will provide the driver with visual and audible alerts.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.