What is ACE Body Structure?
These days, we’re constantly talking about advanced safety programs that assist the driver by taking control and automatically doing things – like lane corrections or completely braking. These technologies and features are great and we’re excited that they’re there, but what about basic safety? What about the technologies and features that have been around for much longer than the past couple of years, like airbags and seatbelts?
Automotive collisions haven’t been completely stopped yet, which means it’s still just as important to make sure your vehicle is safe in the event of a crash, and one of the best ways to make sure your safe is by purchasing a vehicle engineered with the ACE Body Structure, the focus of this week’s How’s This Work.
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What is Advanced Compatibility Engineering?
While you’ve likely heard about the ACE Body Structure, you’ve probably never heard of a thing called Advanced Compatibility Engineering – but that’s what ACE stands for. Every vehicle has a body structure, and ACE is the name given to the design of that structure in all Honda and Acura vehicles. It first began appearing in vehicles like the Honda Odyssey as early as 2005, but became standard amongst all vehicles from both brands as of 2012, with the only exception being the previous generation Honda Ridgeline.
ACE was designed in a way that redistributes the energy created in the event of a collision safely throughout the vehicle, redirecting it from the cabin so that passengers remain safe. Using roughly four different types of steel, the collision will cause certain areas of the steel to collapse in a way that minimizes damage to other affected vehicles while preventing damage from ever reaching the cabin of your Honda vehicle. Things don’t get much safer than that!
Now that every Honda vehicle comes standard with the ACE Body Structure, you won’t need us to tell you which vehicles come with it. But if you have any additional questions about what it is or how it works, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Until then, the video below might be able to help.