The big goal has been set for 2050.
Honda has been making significant strides in vehicle safety recently. Its autonomous safety tech is already among the best in the world, and it keeps on coming up with brilliant solutions to common problems.
Now, Honda has announced its most ambitious safety project yet, which is zero traffic collision fatalities by 2050. The advanced future technologies that will help achieve this goal were introduced recently. Honda says it's designing this tech for a "society where everyone sharing the road will be liberated from the risk of traffic collisions and enjoy the freedom of mobility with total peace of mind."
Two critical pieces of technology will help Honda get there. The first is artificial intelligence-powered Intelligent Driver-Assistive Technology. The second part is the Safe and Sound Network Technology, which connects all road users, people at the side of the road, infrastructure, and mobility products.
To come up with the first system, Honda studied the human brain, with emphasis on risk-taking behavior. Using a series of ADAS sensors and cameras, the car will constantly watch the driver and their surroundings. The AI will not only assist in real-time, but it will also adapt to its particular owner. As we understand it, the technology should be able to predict common mistakes and will provide warnings. Honda says the system will adapt to individuals to reduce any sense of anxiety.
With this particular system, Honda hopes to remove all operation errors, remove all prediction errors made by driver-assistance systems, and accidents caused by daydreaming and careless driving. We wonder how this system will be adapted to various drivers, however. There's a big difference between the person who drives an Accord and one who drives a Civic Type R. Where does the AI draw a line between fun and carelessness?
The Safe and Sound Network technology is not unheard of. Earlier this year, Nissan also revealed plans to connect its cars to everything to create an environment known as Safe Swarm.
In short, with all things connected, everything and everyone knows what's going on in the immediate surroundings. Information about potential risks can be communicated between people and objects, like roadside cameras, car safety systems, and smartphones. Honda says the technology will be able to reproduce the traffic situation in a virtual space, after which it will send out a warning to drivers and pedestrians as well. Imagine a message popping up on your smartphone warning you to get your nose out of Facebook because you're about to have a negative encounter with a car.
It sounds like a science fiction movie, but Honda will be driving industrywide and public-private collaboration to get the system up and running during the second half of the 2020s. Honda is going for real-world implementation after 2030. Before then, it says it will build the systems and complete verification of effectiveness in the first half of the 2020s. Then, as mentioned, it will push for collaboration on a large scale.
"Striving to completely eliminate mobility risks for everyone sharing the road, Honda will offer safety and peace of mind to each and every road user as a new value. Applying our future safety technologies which will embody such new value, Honda will work toward the realization of 'zero traffic collision fatalities' involving Honda motorcycles and automobiles globally by 2050," said Keiji Ohtsu, President and Representative Director of Honda R&D.