Smart technology sees around corners

Riley Riley

Honda has taken the wraps off “Smart Intersection” technology designed to reduce collisions at intersections.

Developed in partnership with the City of Marysville as part of the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor project, the pilot project seeks to address the limitations of on-board vehicle sensors in addressing traffic collisions at roadway intersections.

Such collisions account for roughly 40 per cent of all crashes and 20 percent of nearly 35,000 traffic-related deaths that occur in the United States each year.

Honda Marysville Smart Intersection Red Light Runner

The “Smart Intersection” technology, uses Honda’s proprietary object recognition software in conjunction with intersection-mounted cameras and V2X communications.

Four cameras mounted above the traffic lights at each corner of the intersection capture bird’s-eye-view video of surrounding vehicles and pedestrian traffic out to a 100-metre range.

Honda’s proprietary image processing software then creates a 360-degree 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.

It allows cars to virtually see through and around buildings and walls in virtually all 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,” Vice president of strategic research at Honda R&D Americas, Inc, Ted Klaus, said.

“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.

Governor John R. Kasich said research underway in Marysville and along the US 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.

“With the help of strong public- and private-sector partners, and our unmatched Transportation Research Centre, Ohio is aggressively working to maintain its leadership role for developing vehicles and smart technologies of the future,” he said.

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