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October 10, 2018

Honda's New Technology Allows Its Cars to "See Through" Buildings, Intersections

In the US, 40 percent of all collisions and 20 percent of the nearly 35,000 traffic-related deaths happen at intersections. It’s for this reason that Honda has chosen this scenario to showcase a new type of collision avoidance technology.

Dubbed “Smart Intersection” technology, it’s the first deployment of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology in a real-world setting.

The “Smart Intersection” technology, utilizing Honda’s proprietary object recognition software in conjunction with intersection-mounted cameras and V2X communications, allows cars to virtually see through and around buildings and walls in virtually all weather conditions to help identify and alert drivers to otherwise hidden hazards.

Four cameras mounted above the traffic lights at each corner of the intersection capture bird’s-eye-view video of surrounding vehicles and pedestrian traffic out to a 300-foot (91-meter) range. Honda’s proprietary image processing software then creates a 360-degree image of the intersection that classifies vehicles and other moving objects, such as pedestrians, motorcycles and emergency vehicles, and broadcasts pertinent information to surrounding vehicles via a dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) signal.

Each connected vehicle’s on-board computer decodes the information and, when necessary, provides both visible and audible alerts to the driver, intelligently supporting them to take corrective action to avoid a potential collision.

Developed in partnership with the City of Marysville, Ohio as part of the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor project, the pilot project seeks to address the limitations of on-board vehicle sensors in addressing traffic collisions at roadway intersections. To this end, Honda has committed to using 200 connected vehicles for evaluations throughout the 33 Smart Mobility Corridors.

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