FY2013 commercialized technologies
In FY2013, Honda brought nine new types of technology to the market. In addition to our proactive work on introducing advanced safety equipment, we loaded our N-ONE light vehicle with VSA* for the first time as a standard equipment system, in order to bring this technology to as many of our customers as possible.
*VSA: A system designed to ensure vehicle stability when the vehicle is driving straight, turning, or stopping, by controlling sideslipping.
|New technologies||Cars loaded with the noted technology|
|Emergency Stop Signal||N-ONE||Japan|
|Front seat i-side Airbag System (continuously-staged inflation type)|
Detects possible collision with vehicle in front and sounds alarm
Lane departure warning
Passenger door mirror blind spot displayed on a monitor to reduce incidence of blind spot oversights
Front seat i-side Airbag protects occupants in side collision and also reduces the impact of airbag deployment
Helps driver to stay in the center of the lane
This system operates the vehicle instead of the driver in heavy traffic (acceleration, deceleration, stopping). In contrast to high-speed ACC, it has the additional features of stopping, maintaining a stop, and starting to move the vehicle.
Making traffic safety initiatives an integral part of local communities
Honda has established Regional Traffic Safety Blocks in our Kumamoto, Tochigi, Saitama, Hamamatsu, and Suzuka worksites to facilitate the spread of traffic safety training in a coordinated effort with local communities. This initiative hit the five-year mark in 2012. Honda now has more than 12,000 instructors who lead community-based initiatives. Drawing on Honda's know-how, these instructors reached 341 cities, towns, and villages around the country and approximately 640,000 people on the subject of safety. These initiatives are steadily growing all around Japan: as of the end of FY2013, the total number reached was 810,000. Excluding the three Tohoku Prefectures, where they were temporarily suspended due to the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake, these projects have taken root in 44 prefectures. The Honda Partnership Instructor Program, which is comprised of employees from Honda-affiliated companies, added a third crop of instructors to this initiative. Each location is working to further popularize these initiatives in local areas.
In addition, we are working to re-structure our Plant Instructor Program at worksites around the country, a move intended to reinforce and revitalize traffic safety initiatives at our worksites and in the communities. Amidst this background, we held the Safety Japan Instructor Competition in September 2012, for the first time in four years. Prior to the competition, we also held the "1st Safe Driving Global Meeting," attended by supervisors from nine different countries around the world responsible for driving safety promotion. With the objective of revitalizing those promotion initiatives at each location, the participants reaffirmed the shared philosophy and the future direction of common measures.
Creating and disseminating the expertise required by society
Honda's rehabilitation-use driving competence evaluation software released in 2012 supports assessment and training for individuals in rehabilitation for higher brain dysfunction with simulation technology. It is currently used in 31 locations around the country. In a new initiative, Honda has developed safe driving programs together with our Group companies to ensure greater freedom of movement as well as safety and peace of mind for persons with physical disabilities as well as drivers working in the social welfare field, with the cooperation of social welfare facilities and organizations. Adopted by Honda's Traffic Education Centers, together with the driving competence evaluation software, the Program has been extremely useful in helping persons with disabilities to recover their driving skills. We offer the Safe Driving Program for Disabled Drivers for persons with physical disabilities, and the Safe Driving Program for Care Drivers for persons engaged in transporting persons with disabilities as part of nursing care services.
In addition, for persons with leg disabilities capable of driving with both arms, Honda has developed a hand-operated driving assistance system for simplified four-wheel drive simulator Honda Safety Navi. Through such safe driving training initiatives, Honda works to support people with physical disabilities to be able to drive.
In addition, in recent years there is greater demand for more traffic safety training for high school students, who tend to have more accidents. Through our traffic safety training, Honda stresses the importance of social rules and etiquette—as well as ethics including considerateness of others—to foster individuals with greater humanity and to protect these precious young lives. In FY2013, we launched a new traffic safety program for high school students with the understanding and cooperation of related governmental organizations in Kumamoto Prefecture.
High school students participating in this program learn not only about how to properly ride bicycles and motorcycles, but are also exposed to dangers in a safe way so that they learn why something is dangerous and what they need to do to avoid it. In this way we teach them to notice potential dangers on their own and to take safety precautions, so that they can avoid causing accidents and also avoid being involved in accidents. They are also taught to be able to have correct attitude; that is not only to have better safety awareness but also the ethics not to harm others. A total of 13,000 high school students have taken part in this training, and we plan to expand the program to 23 prefectures around the country including Hyogo Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture. Our goal for the future is to have some of the high school students who participated in this program become instructors, developing the program into a self-led initiative spearheaded by the schools and students themselves.