Honda recently demonstrated its new Smart Intersection technology in Marysville, Ohio, which aims to reduce the number of traffic accidents at intersections. The technology uses Honda’s proprietary object recognition software with intersection-mounted cameras and V2X communications, to warn drivers if there is an on coming hazard.
Honda says that the Smart Intersection technology allows cars to virtually see through and around buildings and walls in all weather conditions. The technology was developed with the City of Marysville as part of the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor project, which seeks to address the limitations of on-board vehicle sensors in addressing traffic collisions at roadway intersections.
“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.”
To make the new technology work, there are four cameras mounted above traffic lights at each corner, which are able to identify vehicles and pedestrians that are within a 300 foot range. Honda’s proprietary image processing software then creates a 360-degree image of the intersection and broadcasts pertinent information about on coming cars or pedestrians to surrounding vehicles via a dedicated short-range communication signal. Each connected vehicle then provides visible or audible alerts to the driver to help them avoid a collision.