What Is Forward Collision Warning?

February 2nd, 2022 by
2021 Honda Civic dashboard

If you’ve just gotten a new vehicle and see that it has Forward Collision Warning (FCW), you may be wondering what that means. FCW is a driver assist system that helps you out when you start drifting your attention to anything other than the Portland road ahead. Learn more about what the Forward Collision Warning system can do with our team at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda.

How Does FCW Work?

The FCW system can scan the road ahead of you and detect a potential collision with a slower moving vehicle or even a stopped car. Once the front sensors can detect an obstacle, the system will alert you in a few ways including:

  • Sounds
  • Vibrations
  • Quick brake pulsing
  • Visuals
  • Mixture of signals

When you notice these warning signs, you can quickly react to possibly save yourself and your vehicle from an accident. 

FCW Main Features

One of the most common type of crash is a rear crash. With a standard Forward Collision Warning system, these can be reduced. A few important features the Forward Collision Warning system has that you’ll want to know about include:

  • Scanners that can read up to 500 feet ahead, scanning over 20 times per second
  • Detection of vehicles, bicycles, and motorbikes
  • Works well in all weather conditions, and just as effectively at night
  • Allows for up to 5 seconds of reaction time

Learn More at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda

In the event you need some help resetting this system or if you were involved in an accident, bring your vehicle to our service center near Sherwood for repairs. We can have your vehicle back on West Linn roads in no time. If you have any questions in the meantime about this system, would like to learn more about Honda safety systems, or want to schedule an appointment with our service team, don’t hesitate to contact our team.


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