Honda—the Japanese automaker is now working on making smarter roads. The automaker is planning towards making road intersections much safer and smarter for the people.
Ted Klaus—the vice president of the strategic research at Honda R&D Americas said that their vision of a smart intersection is the one that could have non-connecting road users—cyclists and pedestrians—work with the ones who are the connected users like cars. Digital Trends reported Ted Klaus. In the United States of America twenty per cent of the accident fatalities happen at the intersections, Klaus informed.
The new planned technology of smart intersection works by tracking the ones who are non-connected and controlling the ones that could be controlled using technology—like vehicles, signalling systems and traffic lights that would work together for protecting the things that cannot be controlled by technology like the people walking across the street.
Jim Keller—the chief engineer of Honda R&D Americas said that that the significant part of this technology is that it has the ability to sense things that could not be seen visually, so this technology moves the company much beyond where any onboard sensor is present today.
Regarding the working of this technology, firstly assume that a car that is about to turn a red light, the intersection system would send a warning to other drivers coming towards the intersection, permitting them to virtually see around corners or other hindrances and apply brakes for avoiding any deadly collisions.
The system uses dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) for communicating with the vehicles. But the cars would need to be equipped with a special system for identifying the DSRC messages and then display warning in a car’s head-up display.