Honda has demonstrated two experimental safety technologies that are being developed to reduce cut down on cars crashing into people and motorcycles.
“While these are still experimental technologies, they provide a strong indication of the future potential for the kinds of advanced collision sensing and predictive technologies Honda is developing to further reduce the potential for serious accidents, injuries and even fatalities,” said Honda research and development engineer Jim Keller.
As a partner in the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Program conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Honda has been conducting research into Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure systems. The Japanese automaker has successfully demonstrated its Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle (V2M) technologies.
Honda equipped one of its vehicles with Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology to detect a pedestrian with a DSRC-enabled smartphone. By using the pedestrian’s smartphone GPS, nearby vehicles are able to establish a communication channel to determine if the pedestrian is in danger of being struck by an oncoming vehicle.
The DSRC communication system was also used for the automaker’s V2M demonstration, which showed off its ability to sense the presence of a motorcycle even when it was obstructed from view. The system provides auditory and visual warnings to the driver.