Honda leads the way in advanced pedestrian safety

In keeping with recent developments from its closest rivals, Honda has revealed its latest range of safety technologies.

The Japanese automobile giant released details on two new safety features they are currently developing, which aim to reduce their cars' collision risk with pedestrians and other road users.

These technologies will be of immense interest to any fleet manager who follows the latest developments in car safety innovation.

Jim Keller, chief engineer for Honda R&D Americas, said that his company's Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle (V2M) technologies would help ensure a safer driving environment for all in the future.

"While these are still experimental technologies, they provide a 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 Mr Keller in an August 28 statement.

Both V2P and V2M operate by using advanced automated communications technology, although there are minor differences between the two.

Honda has already demonstrated the success of V2P, which utilises Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) to detect any pedestrians with a DSRC enabled smartphone in the vicinity.

Warnings are sent to both the driver and the pedestrians to reduce the risk of collision.

In a similar vein, V2M also uses DSRC technology to identify any motorcycles near the car, with the added advantage of being able to detect motorcycles even when they are out of the view of the automobile, such as in their blind spot. The driver is then alerted accordingly.

"These V2P and V2M systems are part of Honda's broad vision for smarter and safer vehicles and roadways," concluded Mr Keller.

Such safety technologies, when used hand-in-hand with the latest fleet management software, are sure to make fleet managers' lives a lot easier.