What if vehicle could talk? And what if they could think and react too?
Vehicles that can talk and react, sound like science fiction doesn't it? Well, it exists and it's called Advance Safety Vehicles (AVS). Although these vehicles couldn't really talk like we human do, however they could communicate with each other.
Honda Odyssey with ASV-4 (Equipped with a state-of-the-art Multi-view Camera System), Honda Forza 250 ASV-4 (Equipped with Heads-Up Display, Communication Helmet and Haptic Seat) and IT Monpal 4 (with Longitudinal Oriented Normative temporal Gap (LONG) design.)
Now in its fourth phase, a number of advanced safety systems found in today's Honda vehicles - such as the Intelligent Night Vision, Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMS) and Honda Intelligent Driver Support (HiDS) were the result of the ASV program.
These safety system which was introduced in the ASV program were improvised and later Incorporated in Honda vehicles with the goal of providing 'Safety for Everyone' .
Using the "far infrared" wide-angle cameras positioned in the lower section of the vehicle's front bumper, the world's first Intelligent Night Vision system which able to detect pedestrians that approach or are in the vehicle's path based on human body heat. It also able to determine the pedestrian's shape and size, a visual and audio is sounded to alert the driver of the pedestrian's presence. This system was made available on the Honda Legend, released in Japan in 2004.
Honda Intelligent Driver Support
Honda developed the Honda Intelligent Driver Support (HiDS) to help relieve driver stress. It includes the Intelligent Highway Cruise Control (IHCC), which automatically maintains a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, and the Lane-Keeping Assist System (LKAS) that prevent lane departure. HiDS was made available in the 7th generation Honda Accord and Accord Wagon, launched in Japan, in 2002.
Collision Mitigation Brake System
Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMS) is able to predict rear-end collisions and assist brake operation so as to minimise the effect inflicted on occupants and the vehicle.
By determining the like hood of a collision occurring based on driving condition, distance to the vehicle ahead and relative speeds, the system uses audio and visual warnings to prompt the diver to take preventive action. It also automatically initiates brake to help reduce the vehicle's speed further. This system was integrated into the 2003 Honda Inspire, together with the E-Pretensioner system, which retracts the seat belt in anticipation of an impact.