Honda has showcased its latest autonomous driving technology at the Intelligent Transport System World Congress which opened in Detroit today, previewing equipment that the Japanese automaker says will one day lead to a "collision free society".
At the Congress, Honda will demonstrate technology that allows a car to enter a freeway, change lanes while cruising, and exit all without any form of driver intervention.
Perhaps most interestingly, Honda's demonstration will take place on Detroit's actual freeway network, sharing space with general traffic.
Honda is also researching vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle to motorcycle communications technology, which can create a local-level network between cars that helps each vehicle maintain adequate separation to help minimise the chance of a collision.
Such technology would be of particular help in poor weather, when drivers are unable to see through rain or fog.
But it doesn't stop there.
Vehicle-to-pedestrian and vehicle-to-bicycle communications are also being investigated, with cars potentially being able to warn other road users via smartphone alerts of an impending collision.
However, the distraction posed by a buzzing smartphone may prove counter-productive to accident avoidance...
Right now Honda's new Accord VTi-L (above) is the spearhead for these technologies.
Though it's not exactly autonomous, the Accord features radar-assisted cruise control with auto-braking, as well as lane keep assist. Hands-off driving is possible for short periods of time, and it's not difficult to envision it evolving into a fully-autonomous system.
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