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Honda Demonstrates Life Saving Motorcycle Technology

November 14th, 2008
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Honda has reinforced its commitment to road safety by revealing a motorcycle to car communication system to help reduce accidents.

Industry research at the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium in Germany has shown that the majority of accidents involving motorcycles are caused by perception failures. Honda’s new system aims to significantly reduce these incidents.

Both the causes and the consequences of motorcycle accidents are different to those involving only cars, as the majority of incidents are caused by the simple failure of other motorists to detect the presence of a motorcycle on the road. The Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) system generates warnings to riders and drivers of other vehicles through continuous exchange of positioning data from satellite GPS sources and alerting them to vehicles that are potentially on a collision course, allowing time for avoidance maneuvers.

Honda has developed this technology within the ASV (Advanced Safety Vehicle) program in Japan and is now in phase four (ASV-4) of its development, following the introduction of ASV-3 technologies in 2005.

The development of inter vehicle communication is part of Honda’s ongoing approach to safety for powered two-wheelers.

Honda Australia Motorcycles Senior Director, Stuart Strickland, welcomed the breakthrough.

“This technology will improve road safety for all, especially motorcycles, and we look forward to it being introduced around the world over the coming years,” Mr. Strickland said.

Honda’s research into motorcycle safety focuses on three key safety areas – Preventative, Active and Passive – and its technology breakthroughs have contributed to the advancements of motorcycle safety around the world.

In 2006, Honda introduced the world’s first motorcycle airbag on a Gold Wing and earlier this year released the world’s first ever electronically controlled Combined ABS for Super Sports motorcycles, which provides riders with enhanced braking capability in a wide range of road conditions.

The resulting technologies in the area of preventative safety include the Motorcycle Riding Simulator and the Riding Trainer, both of which are used for hazard perception training.

Further innovations and world-firsts by Honda include:

  • The car navigation system, which is now commonly used in several vehicles around the world
  • Collision mitigation braking systems which initiate occupant restraints and the brakes in pre-collision situations
  • Lane keeping assist systems in cars in Europe
  • Intelligent night vision systems recognising pedestrians
  • The first floating car data system from a car maker in the Honda Internavi Navigation system.

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