Bobbie Kowalskie test rides the motorcycle simulator
Honda has a big presence at this year’s World Congress with a large display in the exhibition hall and live on-road demonstrations. One of the key exhibits is a prototype in-car system through which android and Apple smartphones can be connected to, displayed on and controlled by the car’s standard instrumentation.
Video demonstrations highlight a family of V2X communication technology that warns car drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists if they are on a collision course with each other.
Both the pedestrian and cyclist systems use an app to turn a smartphone into a DSRC transmitter and receiver while the motorcycle and car are fitted with dedicated on-board electronics.
Visitors can try a motorcycle simulator which is fitted with a connected vehicle system that warns the rider of approaching vehicles on a collision course and of problems ahead such as poor weather conditions, slow vehicles or road works.
Also highlighted is a Smooth Road Hazard system. This designed for situations where a vehicle has to make an unusual stop, for instance if there is wildlife in the road. Should that situation arise, an on-board camera will take and transmit a picture to following vehicles.
Across in the Atwater Street parking lot visitors can sign up for a ride in a fully autonomous vehicle that takes them on a circular route using the I-75, I-94 and I-375.