Technology is advancing rapidly in the areas of vehicle safety. Soon cars will be able to communicate with themselves, and other people and vehicles on or near the roadway. Honda introduced new technology this week that they hope will make the roads safer not just for car drivers, but for pedestrians and motorcyclists.
The technology would allow cars to communicate with cell phones on people who might be crossing the road, and can recognize motorcycles than might result in an imminent crash. If a pedestrian is about to walk in front of a car with this new technology, the car should be able to detect the person by sensing a signal and direction from their cell phone.
The car could then communicate with the device to determine whether the person was distracted with a phone call or music, and the car could apply the brakes after warning the driver of the potential for a crash.
If a motorcyclist was about to pull in front of a car, the technology would be able to detect an imminent crash and apply a hard brake to the car, hopefully coming to a stop to avoid an accident.
With 32,000 traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2011, any reduction in car accidents would be a good thing. Hopefully as technology improves, people also become more aware of bad driving habits and work to make the roads safer for everyone. If someone is injured in a car accident, they might be wise to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Source: Detroit Free Press, "Honda shows safety technology that links cars, motorcycles, pedestrians," Alisa Priddle, Aug. 28, 2013