Technology Tuesday: Honda Vehicle to Motorcycle Protection

Technology Tuesday at Buckeye HondaWelcome to Technology Tuesday with Buckeye Honda of Lancaster Ohio.

Last we talked about new technology that Honda is working on to help avoid collisions between vehicles and pedestrians.  This week we are going to continue with the same technology and how Honda is looking to use that technology to reduce accidents involving vehicles and motorcycles.

Honda R&D has successfully demonstrated the ability of a car equipped with Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology to detect a pedestrian with a DSRC enabled smartphone. This vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) technology uses cooperative communication between an individual’s smartphone and nearby vehicles and provides auditory and visual warnings to both the pedestrian and drivers.  The system is designed to mitigate the potential for a collision between the vehicle and pedestrian.

Vehicle-to-Motorcycle (V2M) Technologysaftey4
Using the DSRC communication system, Honda’s Vehicle-to-Motorcycle (V2M) technology can determine the potential for a collision between a motorcycle and an automobile. The V2M system’s advantage is its ability to sense the presence of a motorcycle even when it is obstructed from the view of nearby automobile drivers.  The system provides auditory and visual warnings to the automobile driver. This system is being researched and tested in cooperation with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Honda Safety Leadership
Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and designs to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash test facilities and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. This commitment to safety is rooted in Honda’s goal to be a company that society wants to exist, and it complements the company’s leadership in reducing vehicle emissions, improving fuel efficiency and advancing alternatives to gasoline.

safety_pedestrian_5Advanced safety and drive- assistive technologies being offered on select Honda and Acura vehicles today include Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Information, Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), Active Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keep Assist, and the LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system.

Based in part on the deployment of the next-generation of the Honda ACE body structure, Honda leads all automakers in the U.S. in the number of models that achieve a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including an Acceptable or Good rating in the Institute’s stringent new small overlap frontal collision test.  These models are the 2013 Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe, the 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe, and the 2013 Acura TL Sedan.

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