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Participating in proving tests for driving safety support systems

Japan: Participating in DSSS wireless proving tests using road-to-vehicle communications

Honda has participated in proving tests of driving safety support systems (DSSSs) that use road-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-vehicle communications with vehicles such as the Honda ASV-4*, an automobile equipped with advanced safety technology. These systems are designed to use road-to-vehicle communications to prevent traffic accidents caused by lags in driver recognition and judgment as well as driver error at intersections with poor visibility and similarly hazardous locations. Four such systems using optical beacons have been operational in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture since April 2010: a system for keeping drivers from failing to notice traffic signals, a system for keeping drivers from failing to notice stop signs, a system for preventing head-on collisions, and a system for preventing rear-end collisions.

Additionally, a proving test was launched in Tokyo during fiscal 2010 to bolster optical beacons with road-to-vehicle wireless communications in an effort to prevent accidents at intersections with poor visibility and similarly hazardous locations by accommodating continuous changes in targeted phenomena that would be difficult to deal with using optical beacons alone. Specifically, the proving test consists of three systems: a system for preventing collisions caused by right-turning vehicles, a system for keeping drivers from failing to notice pedestrians crossing the road, and a system for preventing collisions caused by left-turning vehicles. The Universal Traffic Management Society of Japan (UTMS) is spearheading development of the systems through a public-private initiative, and Honda is participating in the wireless proving tests in an effort to commercialize them.

*ASV-4: A vehicle equipped with pre-crash safety systems using advanced technologies designed to support the driver in safer driving. The ASV project, conducted under the auspices of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism since 1991, involves the cooperation of industry, academia, and government. Phase 4 (2006 to 2010) has been completed.

An example of a DSSS wireless proving test project using road-to-vehicle communications: System for preventing collisions caused by right-turning vehicles using wireless communications

North America: Participating in the U.S. Connected Vehicle project

In the U.S., government and industry are looking to dramatically reduce traffic accidents, congestion, and the environmental impact of driving through the use of advanced information and communications technologies. Honda is working with other U.S. automakers as part of the Connected Vehicle project to conduct research into the commercialization of safety systems that use such technologies. Specifically, we're working to develop security technologies for vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems, interoperability technologies, mechanisms for verifying how well drivers accept the system, and communications standards. We plan to present findings from this research at the ITS* World Congress in Orlando, Florida, in October 2011.

A Connected Vehicle test

Europe: Participating in Drive C2X, an EC-funded FOT project

Honda will conduct proving tests as part of Drive C2X field operational tests (FOTs) in an effort to standardize and commercialize ITS* systems in Europe. The project brings together European automakers, business partners, research institutions, and other organizations in a pan-European initiative. Drive C2X, which utilizes applications using a variety of road-to-vehicle and inter-vehicle communications technologies to boost safety, environmental friendliness, and convenience, is being pursued together with the general public on actual roads. Honda's primary area of responsibility under the plan, which extends to December 2013, is systems addressing motorcycle safety, and we have already begun activities on-site in Europe.

*Intelligent transport systems (ITSs) are a new type of advanced system being built to resolve road transport issues such as accidents and congestion by using state-of-the-art information communications technology to network people, roads, and vehicles with information.

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