Honda Shows Off Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle Technology

By Trevor Dorchies | September 01, 2013
Honda has a few new technologies it's working on, and while they're not ready for public use quite yet, the Japanese automaker still wants to show you where it's headed. These two new technological advancements, Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle, are still in the early development and testing stages but Honda appears to be serious about integrating them into its vehicles. "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 Jim Keller, chief engineer for Honda R&D Americas, Inc in a statement. "These V2P and V2M systems are part of Honda's broad vision for smarter and safer vehicles and roadways." The obvious benefit of the Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle technologies is that it would bolster safety for everyone on the road. These two new systems are part of Honda's desire to develop cutting edge safety systems that can predict and avoid accidents through an array of sensors and other tech. Both Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle system development join Honda's Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure programs, which are currently being worked on in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Currently, Honda has eight vehicles participating in the program with help from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. As for the latest systems Honda is working on like Vehicle-to-Pedestrian, the automaker's research and development program have already shown that a vehicle equipped with short range sensors (Dedicated Short Range Communications, as Honda calls it) can detect a pedestrian up ahead. This system alerts the driver through a series of audible and visual warning signs which, as Honda hopes, will give the vehicle enough time to miss the pedestrian. This system is designed to work even when a pedestrian may not be clearly visible to the driver, like when they step off the curb at the last minute, for example. As for the Vehicle-to-Motorcycle technology, Honda relies on the same DSRC communication system to detect if a collision between the vehicle and a motorcycle is imminent. This system can sense where a motorcycle is, even if it's not visible to the driver or other vehicles in the surrounding vicinity. Like the Vehicle-to-Pedestrian system, the Vehicle-to-Motorcycle system alerts the driver through a series of audible and visual warnings if a collision may happen. Automotive.com's take: The sooner Honda can commercialize this technology, the better. If it works as designed, it could alter the entire automotive industry for the better. Source: Honda Paragraphimage
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