Sunday, September 15, 2013

2014 Honda Odyssey Leading Charge in New Advanced Safety Tech

One of the things that Lemon Grove Honda dealers are most proud of when it comes to the vehicles that they sell is the top-notch safety technology that has gone into each and every automobile. The 2014 Honda Odyssey, for example, was recently named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, the first minivan to have ever earned the distinction, so clearly safety is a top priority for Honda engineers.

Knowing that, it shouldn’t come as too big a surprise that Honda is working on a new technology that actually allows vehicles and pedestrians to communicate with each other. No, not in a “Knight Rider” kind of way (although that would admittedly be pretty cool), but through a new Vehicle-to-Pedestrian technology that alerts drivers when a potentially unseen pedestrian is entering a projected danger zone.

The hitch in the plan is actually getting the non-drivers to download and install their end of the technology to a smartphone, because that’s what sends the signal to the vehicles, but if it were to eventually come standard on a phone, for example, and more automakers instituted the technology, it could really help lower the number of auto accidents that occur in which pedestrians are left injured.

Obviously, it’s a long way from “going to press,” but we love to see that Honda is doing innovative things in the world of safety, and we’re all for something that saves people’s lives and lowers people’s insurance premiums. Assuming the kinks get worked out of this technology (and we’re confident they will), this is the kind of thing that could accomplish both.

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