Honda is testing what it calls its Driving Safety Support Systems (DSSS). 2 vehicles, a Honda Odyssey, Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV-4) and a Honda Forza scooter, are equipped with inter-vehicle and road-to-vehicle communications capabilities, plus other scooters will be used for camera detection purposes.
The purpose of the project is to utilize positional information gleaned from communications between motorcycles, automobiles, and road infrastructure to help prevent certain types of traffic accidents which tend to occur frequently.
Reducing the more common accidents like rear end collisions or the very common turns in front of approaching motorcycles or lane changes where the space is already occupied by a motorcycle can only be a good thing. In fact, anything that keeps cars out of our space seems like a good idea to me. On the other hand, technology like this could easily become integrated into the actual controls of the vehicle, technologically, it’s a very short step from issuing a warning to doing the driving, and I’m a little touchy about letting someone else take over unannounced. Bob Lutz of GM had something to say about that a few years ago.
TOKYO, Japan, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it will conduct testing on public roadways of its Driving Safety Support Systems (DSSS) using inter-vehicle and road-to-vehicle communications. The tests, which will be conducted using the “Honda ASV-4” Advanced Safety Vehicle and other vehicles equipped with advanced safety technology, will be carried out on public roadways in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.
This round of testing is being conducted as part of a cooperative project that includes Phase 4 of the Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV) project, conducted under the auspices of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s Road Transport Bureau, and the DSSS, being developed principally by the Universal Traffic Management Society of Japan (UTMS), which is overseen by the National Police Agency. The purpose of the project is to utilize positional information gleaned from communications between motorcycles, automobiles, and road infrastructure to help prevent certain types of traffic accidents which tend to occur frequently.
Honda will conduct these public-road tests using a Forza scooter and an Odyssey automobile equipped with the inter-vehicle communications technologies being developed as part of the the Honda ASV-4, along with two more of the same models equipped with Honda DSSS technologies. The objectives of the testing will be 1) to verify inter-vehicle and road-to-vehicle communications functions; 2) to verify DSSS functions; and 3) to collect and present data that will contribute to evaluating system effectiveness, thereby contributing to the prevention of accidents involving rear-end collisions, collisions between turning vehicles and oncoming vehicles, and collisions involving turning vehicles with vehicles passing on the inside.
Since late 2007 Honda has also been collecting the necessary data on basic properties affecting the propagation and transmission of radio signals used in inter-vehicle communications. Building on the results of the current round of public-road testing, Honda plans to participate in joint government and private-sector large-scale verification testing scheduled to be carried out in 2008, based on the New IT Reform Strategy (initiated January 19, 2006 by the IT Strategic Headquarters of the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan).