FY2014 commercialized technologies
In FY2014, Honda introduced to the market and expanded application of four new technologies. In addition to our proactive work on introducing advanced safety equipment, we deployed our City-Brake Active System for the first time in the N-WGN mini-vehicle in order to bring safety features to as many of customers as possible and apply them to many models.
|City-Brake Active System
Low-speed collision avoidance braking with accidental acceleration prevention
|Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS)
The activation range expands to include oncoming vehicles in addition to vehicles in front
|Traffic Sign Recognition
A feature that recognizes and displays for the driver traffic signs corresponding to the lane the vehicle is in.
The service sends information about low visibility due to blizzards
Safety Map wins ATTT Awards grand prize, Whiteout Prediction wins an excellence award
At the 5th Automotive Telecommunication Technology Tokyo (ATTT) exposition (hosted by the ATTT organizing committee), Honda's social map service, Safety Map, received the grand prize in the ATTT Awards, while the Whiteout Prediction feature, an initiative for preventing or mitigating disasters, won an excellence award in the disaster prevention solutions category.
Safety Map collects data from Internavi on frequent hard braking points, traffic accidents, and dangerous spots submitted by local users and others, and places it on a map to create a social map to be used in safety activities by the local people, schools, companies and everyone else.
During judging, the project received the grand prize for excellence in making data available widely to general users rather than for private business, and for a new initiative not previously undertaken by navigation system manufacturers and other companies.
Through the Safety Map service, Saitama Prefecture information was made publicly available in March 2013, with availability expanded nationwide in September of the same year. The service is currently being accessed and contributed to by many users around Japan. Data on traffic accidents up until the end of March 2014 has been received from police department headquarters in nine prefectures, and that data will be used to provide richer information through Safety Map. Saitama Prefecture has used Safety Map to trial a traffic safety measure in December 2013 that incorporates additional road markings at three locations within the prefecture, and it plans to continue implementation next fiscal year.
Traffic safety initiatives in FY2014
Under the slogan “Safety for Everyone,” Honda's traffic safety initiatives aim to achieve safety not only for drivers, but all people sharing the road, including pedestrians, cyclists and the elderly.
Fostering correct attitudes for using the road
Honda, with the understanding and support of related government authorities, commenced traffic safety education for high school students in 2012 believing that learning opportunities were needed to get schools and students thinking for themselves about traffic safety, and acting of their own accord to lower the number of accidents involving children of high school age.
In 2013, the initiative was extended throughout Japan, being implemented for 102 schools, or around 66,000 high school students. Furthermore, teachers and students are increasingly taking the instructor's role and Honda is working to ensure that schools together with communities, can continue to implement traffic safety education in which those parties play a central role.
Safe mobility for the physically disabled
An important aspect of creating a society where all people who make use of road transport can move around in safety and with peace of mind is support for people with physical disabilities and people looking to overcome challenges and return to driving. During the three-year period from 2011 to 2013, Honda has developed and introduced driving competence evaluation software for rehabilitation use, a hand-operated driving assistance system for Honda Safety Navi, and safe driving programs for disabled and care drivers.
The Safe Driving Program for Disabled Drivers, a safe driving education initiative adopted by Honda's five Traffic Education Centers across Japan, provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to learn how to ensure safety while driving a vehicle and helps people in rehabilitation recover their driving skills. The program is being gradually expanded with conditional licenses having already been granted to participants.