Honda Demonstrates Vehicle-To-Pedestrian Safety Technology

Honda demonstrated a new safety feature that harnesses the power of drivers’ smartphones to see pedestrians where a driver and existing camera sensors may not. The feature uses dedicated short range communications (DSRC) technology, which commonly use the same technology to detect smartphones. If a pedestrian or cyclist who has a smartphone enters the cars path, the system will flash a warning on a dash mounted screen, similar to today’s driver warning systems. The system will “see” a pedestrian who is normally out of view, walking around a corner, between cars, or behind buildings. Honda is also working on a way to use the same technology to detect motorcyclists. “While these are still experimental technologies, they provide 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 Honda Chief Engineer Jim Keller. Pedestrians could potentially download an application that would warn them of oncoming cars. Honda is one of several organizations exploring the possibilities of so-called “smart” collision avoidance. The University of Michigan is conduction a 2,850 vehicle pilot study on vehicle-to-vehicle technology for the US Department of Transportation.