Honda Demonstrates Anti-Crash V2X Tech in Ohio

Honda has demonstrated vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology it says is designed to reduce crashes at intersections.

As part of the automaker’s partnership with the Ohio city of Marysville, its 33 Smart Mobility Corridor pilot project purports to seek improvements to existing V2X tech’s on-board sensors, which it says would reduce pedestrian collisions. The ‘Smart Intersection’ program can supposedly allow a connected vehicle “to virtually see through and around buildings and walls”. It apparently has the potential to then warn the driver of any oncoming human or vehicular dangers.

The V2X system can do this by being connected with object recognition software and cameras mounted at all four corners of a road’s intersection. These cameras can capture footage of pedestrians and vehicles from up to 300 feet away at a bird’s-eye view angle. This footage is then fed through to Honda’s software, which classifies the objects filmed then broadcasts data on them to surrounding CVs via a DSRC signal. These CVs’ telematics systems decode the signal and, if necessary, issue their drivers with warnings about the vehicles and pedestrians detected.

The move follows Siemens’ and Volkswagen’s recent V2X partnership with the German city of Wolfsburg. Honda R&D Americas vice-president of strategic research Ted Klaus said the automaker thinks V2X “is an essential component of a smarter and safer transportation ecosystem … this research will give us a better understanding of how V2X technologies can be further advanced and most effectively deployed for the benefit of all road users”. Ohio Governor John Kasich added he thought V2X was the 21st century equivalent of the Wright brothers’ discovery of flight.

 


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