Urban congestion is only set to grow, and Honda has been developing a solution towards better communication between vehicles and the surrounding infrastructure. The company’s Smart Intersection techonology uses vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, in areas where identifying hazards beyond line of sight is crucial.

The infrastructure involved here consists of four cameras installed above traffic lights at each corner of the intersection in order to capture a 300-foot range bird’s-eye view of vehicles and pedestrians. A 360-degree image is created by Honda’s image processing software which classifies vehicles and other moving objects such as pedestrians, motorcycles and emergency vehicles, and the pertinent information is then broadcast to vehicles in the vicinity via a dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) signal.

Upon receiving said transmissions, each connected vehicle decodes the information and will provide audio and visual alerts to the driver in case evasive action is required. So far, Honda has committed to using 200 connected vehicles for evaluation in the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor and Smart Columbus projects.

“By partnering with the City of Marysville and the State of Ohio, we believe this research will give us a better understanding of how V2X technologies can be further advanced and most effectively deployed for the benefit of all road users,” said vice president of strategic research at Honda R&D Americas Ted Klaus.

This is a pilot project that has been developed with the city of Marysville, Ohio as part of the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor project which seeks to address the limitations of vehicles’ on-board sensors in avoiding collisions at intersections. This kind collision accounts for approximately 40% of all collisions and 20% of the roughly 35,000 road deaths in the United States every year, according to Honda.