In its efforts to improve safety for everyone, especially vulnerable road users, Honda’s leading motorcycle to car communication system is being demonstrated for the first time in Europe at the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium event taking place at the Opel Test Track in Dudenhofen, Germany, from 22-23 October 2008.
The system generates warnings to riders and drivers of other vehicles by continuous exchange of positioning data from satellite GPS sources. This is particularly relevant as road users approach intersections, alerting them to other vehicles that are potentially on a collision course, allowing avoidance manoeuvres.
The demonstration will exhibit the interoperability of the Honda life-saving system which facilitates communication with vehicles from 8 other manufacturers. European research data shows that the majority of accidents involving a motorcycle are caused by perception failures and this system will reduce these failures.
On a personal note another great application for this technology is that if technology is deployed on all cars it can be one of the key technologies to an auto driver where cars can drive themselves without human intervention.