Honda showcases latest intelligent transportation tech at ITS World Congress

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Honda took the occasion of the 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit to show off some of the company’s latest accomplishments in the field of intelligent transportation. The technologies on display are part of Honda’s goal of a "collision-free society" and "safety for everyone" through assisted driving systems that protect not only the car’s occupants, but pedestrians, cyclists, and others on the road.

According to Honda, the ITS World Congress marks the first demonstration in the United States of Honda’s automated driving technology and the company’s "V2X" technologies, such as Vehicle-to-Pedestrian/Bicycle (V2P/B) and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle (V2M).

Medical Emergency Assist using the Vehicle via Vehicle(V2V) "Virtual Tow"

The new technologies demonstrated include:

  • Automated Highway Driving: Using a prescribed 8-mi (12.8-km) loop of motorway in downtown Detroit, visitors to the show experienced Honda’s automated vehicle driving systems, including automatic steering and braking, automated freeway entry, exit, lane change, and others.
  • Vehicle-to-Pedestrian/Bicycle (V2P/B): This Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) system links with a pedestrian or cyclist’s smartphone that has the V2P/B app and warns the driver and the other of a potential accidents. It might even ease motorist/cyclist tensions a bit by allowing the exchange of "courteous messages."
  • Vehicle-to-Motorcycle (V2M): This works in the same way as the V2P/B system, but is geared to the faster speeds and conditions of motorcycling.
  • Vehicle via Vehicle(V2V) "Virtual Tow": This system is for helping other drivers in case they get in distress. With Virtual Tow, the driver in trouble can contact surrounding cars and allows another driver ahead to take control of their car remotely and "tow" it to safety.
  • Lane-level Hazard information plus Automated Lane Change: Perhaps the most ambitious of Honda's technologies, this combines vehicle-to-vehicle and cloud communications with an automatic lane changing system. It uses information from cars down the road to build up an image of upcoming traffic and hazards, which the car can then use to automatically change lanes to avoid potential driving interruptions.
  • "The creation and deployment of advanced, intelligent transportation systems represent the new frontier in the effort to one day eliminate traffic collisions, injuries and fatalities," said Frank Paluch, president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. "We will demonstrate our vision for realizing Honda's dream of a collision-free society by showcasing our continued technological innovations in active safety, connected and automated vehicle technology."

    Source: Honda

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