Honda links cars, pedestrians, and motorcycles with V2V tech

2014 Honda Accord sedan front motion

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication technology, or V2V, is already giving new meaning to the word “connectivity.” V2V allows cars to sense each other and warns drivers of potential crashes, but Honda is taking things one step further.

In addition to V2V, the Japanese company is testing Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle (V2M) tech.

These two new permutations of V2V work on the same principle: Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) signals are sent back and forth between objects, showing where they are in relation to each other.

In the case of V2P, signals are sent between a car and a person’s smartphone. The system provides visual and auditory warnings to both the pedestrian and the driver; Honda says this could help reduce vehicle-pedestrian collisions.

To link a phone with a car, Honda uses the phone’s GPS and motion sensor to determine the user’s position. DSRC’s 5.9 GHz band is similar to WiFi, so phones and V2V-equipped cars can communicate relatively easily. Warnings appear on a pedestrian’s phone screen through an app, and on a car’s dashboard through added V2V equipment. Eventually, that tech will likely become another part of a car’s infotainment system.

It could be the perfect tech for a world where people seem to prefer looking at their phones to watching where they are going.

Honda is also adapting V2V to motorcycles as “V2M.” Honda says V2M will help make motorcycles more visible on the road by warning drivers of their presence even when the bikes are obscured in blind spots.

V2V is already getting a major real-life workout in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safety Pilot Model Deployment program, which is testing the technology on roads around Ann Arbor, Michigan. Honda is partnering with the DOT on the program.

Eight Honda vehicles are part of the test, along with a handful of motorcycles.

What do you think of V2V and its related systems? Would you want V2V in your vehicle or on your phone?

Product Review

Ford’s reincarnated Ranger feels like a car that does everything a truck can do

The 2019 Ford Ranger aims to be a tool for weekend adventures, and goes head-to-head with midsize pickup trucks from Chevrolet, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. Ford hasn’t sold the Ranger in the United States since 2011, so it has to make up…
Product Review

Boring takes a back seat as 2019 Corolla Hatchback mixes fun with practicality

We drive the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the latest hatchback to bear the Corolla name. As the best-selling nameplate in automotive history, Toyota has high expectations to meet. This model mostly lives up to the legacy.

LM Industries’ autonomous shuttles head to Phoenix, Sacramento campuses

LM Industries will deploy Olli low-speed autonomous shuttles at school campuses in Arizona and California as part of its ongoing "fleet challenge," which asks local groups to propose uses for autonomous vehicles.

These winter-warrior cars will never leave you out in the cold

Snow can be an absolute pain if your vehicle isn't optimized to handle that sort of terrain. If brutal snowstorms are an annual part of your life, we recommend you pick up one of these winter-ready vehicles.

What’s next for in-car entertainment? Audi believes it knows

Audi is bringing two technologies to CES 2019. The first turns a car -- a luxury sedan, in this case -- into a drive-in movie theater. The second is presented as a new entertainment format that turns the journey into the destination.
Product Review

The all-new 3 Series proves BMW can still build a compelling sport sedan

Seat time in the entry-level BMW 330i ($41,425) and M340i xDrive ($54,995) will test the German automaker’s commitment to driving dynamics, powertrain refinement, and cutting edge technology.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Booze-filled ski poles and crypto piggy banks

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

California wants all-electric public bus fleet on its roads by 2040

California approved a regulation that targets an all-electric public bus fleet for the whole state by 2040. The effect of the full implementation of the regulation is equivalent to taking 4 million cars off the road.

1,000-mph Bloodhound supersonic car project finds a last-minute savior

The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) project has found a buyer. The project was going to be disbanded after running out of funds, but its assets were purchased by British businessman Ian Warhurst.

Ford’s prototype Quiet Kennel uses noise-canceling tech to keep dogs stress-free

Ford is ending 2018 by venturing into the doghouse market. The company's European division has built a kennel equipped with active noise-canceling technology and soundproof walls that help dogs sleep through fireworks.

Car-branded phones need to make a U-turn if they ever want to impress

Your car and your smartphone are becoming one, yet smartphones branded or co-created by car companies are a problem. We look at the history, some examples of the best and worst, then share hopes for the future.
Emerging Tech

Self-driving dirt rally vehicle offers crash course in autonomous car safety

Georgia Tech's AutoRally initiative pushes self-driving cars to their limit by getting scaled-down autonomous vehicles to drive really, really fast and aggressively on dirt roads. Here's why.

The best compact cars pack full-size features in fun-size packages

The best compact cars on the market rival their counterparts in many ways, proving that bigger isn’t always better. Here, we've rounded up some of the better options available, including an SUV and an electric alternative.

Lincoln revives its coolest-ever design feature for limited-edition Continental

The 1961 Lincoln Continental became a design icon thanks to center-opening "coach doors" (also known as "suicide doors"). Lincoln is bringing those doors back for a special edition of the 2019 Continental.