Honda uses connected cars to identify dangerous roads
Honda uses connected cars to identify dangerous roads

Honda announced that it will conduct an experiment on its cars to collect data on the condition of dangerous roads. The Japanese automaker is using GPS and cameras to collect real-time traffic information about bad lane markings or potholes, which can then be sent to communities for future improvements.

The company said this pilot, led by the Honda Research Institute, is the first to use connected vehicle technology to collect accurate data on road conditions.

Honda initially worked with the Ohio Department of Transportation and plans to begin providing road condition data in early 2022.

“Maintaining good road condition helps keep people safe on the road,” said Baritush Kelkar, Road Condition Monitoring System Scientist and Project Leader at Honda Research Institute in the US, in a statement. And fix it more quickly.

Honda vehicles use four color codes to distinguish the lane lines visible on the left and right sides of the vehicle. Green and yellow stickers indicate ideal conditions for good road marking. Gray means there is no track line. And the red color means that the marks on the ground need to be fixed.

Honda also collects latitude and longitude coordinates, as well as related photos and videos. Then anonymize it and distribute it to a secure platform for analysis.

Road operators can access the platform to determine the location, type and severity of road conditions and hazard information. In addition to recovering still images and videos.

Honda's tests can be seen as a more focused version of the connected car technology promised over the years. But he did not appear.

Honda starts small project with connected car technology

For many years, the auto industry has promised all V2X vehicle technologies to improve road safety by allowing vehicles to communicate with each other. And smart infrastructure such as traffic lights to better prevent accidents.

Some experts say widespread adoption of this technology could help accelerate the popularity of self-driving cars.

Self-driving cars can use V2V communication from one vehicle to another. Or the vehicle's connection to the V2I infrastructure. It's about improving their ability to monitor the environment and make better driving decisions.

The automaker is trying to urge the Federal Communications Commission to reverse its decision to roll back the current wave of technology.

However, the development of V2X technology in the automotive industry has been slow and only partially implemented. Mercedes has installed V2V equipment in the 2017 E-Class and 2018 S-Class.

General Motors also introduced the V2V engine in the Cadillac CTS in 2017. Other automakers are beginning to pay more attention to a new technology called the C-V2X, which uses existing cellular networks to send communications.

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