Honda demonstrates new Smart Intersection technology
Honda demonstrated its Smart Intersection technology for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication designed to reduce traffic collisions at roadway intersections, one of the first such deployments of V2X technology in a real-world setting.
Developed in partnership with the City of Marysville, OH, as part of the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor project, the pilot project seeks to address the limitations of onboard vehicle sensors in addressing traffic collisions at roadway intersections. Intersection collisions account for roughly 40% of all collisions and 20% of the nearly 35,000 traffic-related deaths that occur in the U.S. each year.
The technology, which uses Honda's proprietary object recognition software in conjunction with intersection-mounted cameras and V2X communications, is designed to allow cars to see virtually through and around buildings and walls in most weather conditions to help identify and alert drivers to otherwise hidden hazards.
"Honda believes that V2X technology is an essential component of a smarter and safer transportation ecosystem and can play a role in our dream for a zero-collision society," said Ted Klaus, Vice President of Strategic Research at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. "By partnering with the City of Marysville and the State of Ohio, we believe this research will give us a better understanding of how V2X technologies can be further advanced and most effectively deployed for the benefit of all road users."
"Research underway in Marysville and along the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor holds great promise in advancing world-changing transportation technologies and is the 21st century version of Huffman Prairie where the Wright Brothers made their early aviation discoveries," said Ohio Governor John R. Kasich. "With the help of strong public- and private-sector partners, and our unmatched Transportation Research Center, Ohio is aggressively working to maintain its leadership role for developing vehicles and smart technologies of the future."
The Smart Intersection features four cameras that are mounted above the traffic lights at each corner of the intersection to capture bird's-eye-view video of surrounding vehicles and pedestrian traffic out to a 300 ft (91 m) range. Honda's image processing software then creates a 360° image of the intersection that classifies vehicles and other moving objects, such as pedestrians, motorcycles, and emergency vehicles, and broadcasts pertinent information to surrounding vehicles via a dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) signal.
Each connected vehicle's onboard computer decodes the information and, when necessary, provides both visible and audible alerts to the driver, intelligently supporting them to take corrective action to avoid a potential collision.
Honda has committed to using 200 connected vehicles for evaluation in the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor and Smart Columbus projects.