Honda Demonstrates Experimental Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle Technology
When it comes to safety, most of the focus goes into protecting the occupants in a vehicle in the event of a crash. Honda has led the market in creating both effective crash-absorbent vehicles structures and comprehensive systems of front and side-curtain airbags. In fact, many of the current 2013 Honda vehicles available now at Middletown Honda are recognized as Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Recently, though, Honda has turned its attention to better protecting those outside of the vehicle. The question was: is it possible to design a vehicle that can detect a pedestrian in its path? The same question was asked about vehicle/motorcycle collisions. The majority of motorcycle crashes in the United States also involve a motor vehicle, and both types of incidents typically occur because the motorist was unaware of the presence of the other party.
A Unique Approach to Saving Lives
Rather than relying on the ability of onboard radar to detect pedestrians, Honda’s experimental Vehicle-to-Pedestrian system detects their smart phones instead. When enabled with Dedicated Short Range Communications technology (DSRC), communication between both the smartphone and the vehicle will alert both the pedestrian and the vehicle if a collision is imminent. The Vehicle-to-Motorcycle system works in much the same way, and Honda has demonstrated both successfully.
“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. “These V2P and V2M systems are part of Honda’s broad vision for smarter and safer vehicles and roadways.”
Learn More About Honda Safety at Middletown Honda
Ten “Top Safety Picks,” including two “Safety Pick +’s” from the IIHS in Honda’s 2013 line is nothing balk at. This includes popular picks like the 2013 Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, and the Odyssey minivan.
If you’re interested in taking any of Honda’s current models for a test drive, we encourage you to visit Middletown Honda. We’re located at 520 Route 211, right next to the Gander Mountain, and a short drive from many different communities around Orange County, including Mahwah and Newburgh. If you have any questions, we would be happy to help you out!