Honda’s Smart Intersection TechnologyNovember 5, 2018
Honda is known by consumers in the United States for its popular vehicles and is now adding to its name by testing new accident prevention technology in an initial run in one Ohio city. Smart Intersection technology, as it is known, is being tested in this one community with a fleet of 20 cars, but the company envisions expanding it as the system is refined. New technologies can make roads safer for drivers and passengers, as well as pedestrians, and Honda as a major automaker is betting on this system’s eventual expansion.
Smart Intersection technology is Honda’s own Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2X) system, which utilizes intersection mounted communications and cameras that work in conjunction with the vehicle’s on-board communication system. The system’s intent is to communicate critical information to the vehicle about potential hazards or collisions in real time and alert the driver. Honda developed this proprietary system and is testing with the goal of expanding it to prevent accidents and fatalities.
Honda’s statistics show that intersections are among the most hazardous sites for vehicle accidents on U.S. roadways, comprising approximately 40 percent of all car collisions. Drivers face a significant array of hazards when taking to the road, ranging from distracted driving and texting while driving to speeding and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. In 2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) documented 35,000 fatalities in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. Car accidents that cause any injury can result in lost wages, emotional distress, medical costs, and recovery, in addition to the disruption of victims’ lives and livelihoods.
Honda’s Pilot Technology
The technology is part of Honda’s zero-collision society. This pilot V2X program is being tested in Marysville, which is home to a Honda factory and Honda plans to expand it incrementally as it is refined. The intersections use cameras, which are strategically mounted to give views of driver blind spots as well as beyond the actual intersection where buildings or structures impede the driver’s view until it is too late.
The system includes such potential hazards as other vehicles and pedestrians. It communicates with the vehicle’s computer system and gives warning to the driver via an in-vehicle graphic screen or verbal alerts. Currently, other automakers offer car models with on-board sensors, but Honda views this technology as a step beyond those limitations.
This system is being test-driven in Marysville, Ohio, but Honda foresees it having further applications and expansion based on the results from this pilot. Expansion to additional cities and development of technologies will require a larger private and public sector collaboration. It also anticipates its future interaction with evolving technologies, including autonomous cars and automatic braking.
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