Honda Wants Crash-Free Cars by 2040


Honda is eyeing a future with crash-free cars.

At the SAE World Congress, Honda R&D Americas president Frank Paluch gave a preview into Honda‘s vision for the next 25 years. By 2040, Honda believes its vehicles will be able to communicate with each other, talk to infrastructure, ease congestion and never crash. Unfortunately, 25 years is a long time to wait, but Honda plans on rolling out the technology in phases, of which the first will arrive in the next five years. By the turn of the new decade, Paluch suggests that vehicle-to-vehicle communication and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication will be readily available. That technology alone will help reduce accidents involving Honda vehicles by 50 percent, Paluch said.

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Ten years later, Honda believes that all road users will be connected, which includes bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists. The goal for Honda is to have all its connected vehicles accident-free by 2040 and to bring about a whole new world of automotive transportation. “With the advancement of learning, sensing, and communication, in both cars and infrastructure, we will move into a new realm, a cooperative car society, in which the highly automated vehicle becomes a platform for the transformed mobility experience,” said Paluch.

[Source: Car and Driver]

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  • craigcole

    Good luck Honda, Continental and everyone else trying to eliminate crashes. This lofty goal seems like a bridge too far to me.

  • James

    By the way…2040 is only 25 years away…not 35.

  • smartacus

    well said. They can make them as “crashless” as they can but a large portion of the Honda drivers wears NY Yankees baseball caps and listen to very loud boogie-woogie music with trumpets in them. I know this because they usually have all their windows lowered so everyone can enjoy their music (or at least pretend they want us all to hear their music to cover up the fact their A/C systems have leaked out all their R-134)
    -Oh and they always have a tow hook connected to the front tow point 🙂

  • SSXT

    Just like seat belts, 5-mph, er 2-mph bumpers, air bags, etc. ‘crashless’ cars will be mandated and likely be a required retrofit on older cars once the tech is ubiquitous. I know there’s a population that will decry the privacy invasion, but remember – Driving is a Privilege- and self-driving cars will be the norm in <25 years….just think about the teenage drivers that will be saved…let alone the F'ing "I'm only buzzed" crowd that won't take out YOUR family member.

  • Andy

    I think the best solution will be automated vehicles that have an option for manual control/override. Cars should have that anyway as a safety precaution but you can have a blackbox in the car that keeps track of when control switches from one another to ensure driver liability as insurance evolves as well. But I can imagine it now…all the left turns I won’t have to make…paradise.