New Honda Smart Intersection Tech Aims to Reduce Intersection Collisions

November 28th, 2018 by

New Honda Smart Intersection Tech  Aims to Reduce Intersection Collisions

Honda Demonstrates New Smart Intersection Technology

Honda Smart Intersection

Roughly 20% of the nearly 35,000 traffic deaths that happen each year in the U.S are at intersections, according to a recent Honda press release. It’s this statistic, along with other factors, that makes the automaker’s recent demonstration of its “Smart Intersection” technology so noteworthy.

What is V2X Communication?

V2X Communication plays a key role in Honda’s Smart Intersection technology. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, V2X is shorthand for Vehicle to Everything Communication.

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • In a word, V2X is all about safety. It’s achieved by equipping vehicles with the ability to communicate with their surrounding environment (while being driven).
  • The term V2X encompasses both Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communications technology.
  • An example of Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications technology would be the wireless exchange of information (e.g, the speed and position of surrounding vehicles) while driving. An example of Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communications, on the other hand, would be the sharing of information from the components that support the highway system (e.g., intersection imaging) to your personal vehicle.

Honda Smart Intersection in Action

Here’s how the company details the essentials of their Honda Smart Intersection:

  • Proprietary image processing software creates a 360-degree image of a particular intersection. In case you’re wondering, this is possible due to special cameras that are fastened above the traffic lights of intersections.
  • This imaging enables the classification of vehicles and other moving objects (pedestrians for instance).
  • From here, this information gets relayed to vehicles traveling in the area. Connected Honda vehicles (e.g., those with special onboard computers designed to decode this particular type of info) then provide drivers with visible/ audible alerts, which enable them to take appropriate corrective action (and potentially avoid collisions).

Honda Sensing® and AcuraWatchTM Safety Suites

Other technologies supporting Honda’s vision of a zero-collision society (if you’re skeptical regarding the feasibility of this, check out the section below) include Honda Sensing and AcuraWatch.

Honda Sensing, Honda’s intelligent suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)

AcuraWatch also comes with many of the same features as its Honda Sensing counterpart.

A Zero Collision Society?

So could we be heading toward a zero collision society? As smart auto technology continues its rapid advance, the idea is not as far-fetched as it might seem.

According to Vision Zero (a multi-national road traffic safety initiative begun in Sweden that lists Microsoft as one of its collaborators), there’s reason to believe that zero traffic deaths/serious injuries are an attainable goal. In fact, this desired outcome forms the entire purpose of the project.

They posit video analytics and machine learning systems as the tools that will ensure the type of driver and pedestrian safety they’re after.

Whether or not cities end up achieving Vision Zero will depend on their willingness to invest in the above technologies. It will also depend on their ability to deploy an appropriate amount of intervention as the need arises.

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