Honda has updated its active safety systems suite with a new feature that will be able to detect pedestrians and road boundary lines, as Jonathan James Tan reports for PaulTan.org. The new feature, called Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering (PCMS), is being introduced first in Japan, before the end of this year, in the new Honda Legend, Tan writes. Honda writes that PCMS, which it calls a “world first,” will be added to more models in the future in an effort to prevent pedestrian accidents.
According to WorldBank.org, 65% of the people killed annually in traffic crashes throughout the world involve pedestrians, and 35% of the pedestrian deaths are children. The future prognosis is equally unsettling:
Over 10 million are crippled or injured each year. It has been estimated that at least 6 million more will die and 60 million will be injured during the next 10 years in developing countries unless urgent action is taken.
Honda writes that the PCMS is a further step towards the company’s vision of a collision-free society, “Safety for Everyone.” Honda SENSING is composed of two types of sensors. One, on the inside of the front grille, is a millimeter-wave radar, which can detect pedestrians. Pedestrians are typically difficult to detect “due to their low rate of radio wave reflection as well as the position and speed of target object,” Honda writes. The second sensor, mounted on the upper inside of the windshield, is a monocular camera that can identify the attributes and sizes of pedestrians within 60 meters (196.85 feet) of the vehicle.
When PCMS senses a collision with a pedestrian because the vehicle is veering out of lane, it provides visual and audible warnings, and turns the steering wheel away from the pedestrian to avoid the collision, Tan writes. The Honda Sensing System also includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Traffic Sign Recognition, False Start Prevention Function, and Lead Car Departure Notification System.
In a related item, this blog has written that drivers, parents, and children need to be especially alert on Halloween, as a 2012 study funded by State Farm and Bert Sperling of Sperling’s Best Places found that it is the deadliest day in the United States for child pedestrian accidents. You can read State Farm’s tips for drivers and Trick-or-Treaters here.