AcuraWatch - Suite of Safety and Driver Assistance Technologies

What is AcuraWatch?

AcuraWatch is a suite of innovative safety and driver assistance technologies.  The core features of AcuraWatch are Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Road Departure Mitigation.  Additional safety and driver assistance technologies are available in every Acura model.  

AcuraWatch was introduced as a package option starting in 2014 on select Acura models and now the core features are standard in all 2019 and newer Acura models.  Below is list of when each Acura model included AcuraWatch as standard equipment.  

Acura RLX - starting in 2016

Acura MDX - starting in 2017

Acura TLX - starting in 2018

Acura RDX - starting 2019

Acura ILX - starting 2019

Below is a brief description and short video of each safety and driver assistance technology.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)

To help reduce the likelihood or severity of a frontal impact, the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) uses both a radar system and a high-resolution forward camera to recognize hazards such as vehicles or a pedestrian. The system can use up to 80% of full braking power to avoid or reduce impact with the detected object.

Powered by a radar transmitter mounted in the grille trim, the CMBS™ determines the distance and closing speed of detected objects that lie directly ahead.

The goal of the CMBS™ system is to alert the driver to apply the brakes. It is not alone expected to brake the vehicle sufficiently to avoid all collisions.


Forward Collision Warning (FCW) System

Forward Collision Warning (FCW) System warns you if the system determines there is likelihood of a frontal collision when a vehicle is detected in front of you. If you do not brake in time or take preventive action, a visual warning flashes on the Multi-Information Display, and an audible beep sounds continuously.


Lane Departure Warning (LDW) & Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)

The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) use a forward-facing camera mounted above the inside rearview mirror.

The camera determines if your vehicle begins to move out of a detected lane.  If you cross a detected lane maker without using the turn signal, a message appears in the MID and a beep sounds continuously.

If the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) is engaged and you start to drift away from the middle of the lane, it will gently apply steering torque and help guide your Acura back to the center of the lane.

Though the system initiates a slight tug, the drive can easily hold course, as the system will not take control of the wheel.

If the system senses no steering input for a certain period of time, the system presents a message instructing the driver to begin steering again.

If you steer the TLX out of a detected lane without signaling, the Lane Departure Warning System will give you an audio alert and a message on the Multi-Information Display (MID).


Super Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD)

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) provides superior all-weather handling and neutral, accurate steering under power.

SH-AWD® continually optimizes torque distribution between the front and rear axles, as well as the left and right rear wheels. SH-AWD can improve handling by accelerating the outside rear wheel in turns, generating more turning force than most other all-wheel-drive systems. With cornering forces more evenly distributed between front and rear wheels, overall cornering traction is increased – on wet or dry roads.

Available on all Acura models excluding ILX.


Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS®)

P-AWS® is the first AWS system that enables the rear wheels to adjust toe angles independently of each other. Depending on speed, the angle of the rear wheels varies slightly to help maneuver tight areas, aid in smooth lane changes and assist in braking stability.

Available on front wheel drive TLX and RLX models.


Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

Setting the cruise control during your urban commute? Acura technology makes it possible. As with a conventional system, the available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow system allows you to set a desired speed but also maintain a desired interval from the car detected ahead so you enjoy the benefits of cruise control in light traffic.

While cruising, engage the ACC and the system will prompt you to select a short, medium or long interval from the vehicle detected ahead.

Once a speed is set (between 20 and 95) you can raise or lower it with the steering-wheel controls while the MID informs you what MPH you are setting.

At speeds below the set speed, ACC will maintain the set interval by modulating the throttle and applying moderate braking when appropriate. If the vehicle detected ahead slows to a stop, your Acura will too.

After stopping, a tap on the throttle instructs the car to continue maintaining the desired interval between the vehicles.

The Low-speed follow system is not available on the Acura ILX.  See ILX - Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) video for details specific to the ILX.


Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

Whether reversing out of a parking space or into a busy street, your Acura has your back.

Sensors located near the rear corners of the car can detect approaching vehicles from either side in parking lots, driveways or streets.

The monitor is particularly useful when other parked vehicles hinder your side-to-side vision.

With the Multi-View Rear Camera in Normal or Wide mode, you’re alerted to approaching vehicles by an audible chime and amber arrows in the rear camera monitor.

Rear Cross Traffic Monitor is an available option with the Premium Package (ILX) and Technology Package (TLX, MDX, RDX)


Blind Spot Information System (BSI)

Your Acura can be equipped with a blind spot information system (BSI) that assists you when making lane changes.

If the system detects a vehicle in an adjacent lane in the Acura’s “alert zone” (approximately from the rear half of the Acura to half a car-length back), an indicator will appear on that side’s windshield pillar.

The pillar light will flash if the driver activates the turn signal in the direction where a vehicle has been detected.

The blind spot indicators only light up when the Acura is traveling above 20 MPH, so they won’t come on when you’re parking, at stop lights, or in stop-and-go traffic.

The system also includes a maximum speed difference threshold, so the alert will not activate as you drive past parked cars.

Available option with the ILX Premium Package and TLX, MDX, and RDX Technology Package.


Agile Handling Assist™

Precision handling is enhanced using components of the Vehicle Stability Assist™ system, using active braking – usually on an inside wheel – to maintain stability during spirited cornering. Braking on individual wheels helps to avoid oversteer or understeer.

Available on TLX, RLX, RDX, and MDX models.