|Honda Introduces a Next Generation "Honda Navigation System" Offering New Safety and Communication Features|
|Tokyo, August 1, 1997 --- Honda has announced today the development of a new generation of its "Honda Navigation System". This new system features a "wandering sensing device" with both visual and audible warnings, using information from the navigation system to detect any abnormal driving patterns like when falling asleep at the wheel. This significantly less expensive system, which will be offered in a model scheduled to appear this autumn, also features an internet type two-way communication system called "Inter Navi System".
* Main technical featuresThe new "Honda Navigation System" was developed to further enhance the navigation system's basic convenience function while further adding "safety" and "communication" related features.
Basic convenience function enhancement
New "Honda Navigation System"
Striving toward ever safer driving, the "wandering sensing device" was developed as an integral part of Honda's Advance Safety Vehicle (ASV) research.
Honda's engineer's attention was attracted to the fact that even without checking the driver's physical condition, the loss of concentration prior to sleepiness at the wheel could be detected by the wandering pattern found in the car's travel. The unique system Honda is introducing today relies on advanced navigation technology to detect this driving pattern and warn the driver through both visual and audible alarms. The fact that this system relies on existing navigation sensors has also helped in keeping overall cost very low.
Wandering Sensing Device: description of the system
Wandering Sensing Device AlgorithmThe "wandering sensing device" determines the car's travel route using the information provided by the speed and gyro sensors of the navigation system. From the actual travel route the system determines a theoretical, standard travel route which is then used to measure the amount of wandering and warn the driver. While thus monitoring the driver's driving pattern, the system's learning function revises the alarm setting conditions to accommodate for differing driving habits from person to person, thus allowing for an intelligent warning function.
Wandering Amount and Alarm Timing
Note: The "wandering sensing device" only analyses the car's behavior. It does not directly sense sleepiness at the wheel.
Setting its eyes on the next age in car information, Honda has developed its "Inter Navi System", a two-way navigation system capable of exchanging information with the outside via the Internet. The system can connect to cellular telephones via a specific adapter.
A technology bringing together the internet and navigation systems
In order to combine digital mapping with navigation systems, we have created for the first time in the world a "www browser for navigation systems" and an "Inter Navi Extension Format" to link location information with the internet.
Features of the "Inter Navi System".
Information Flow in the "Inter Navi System".