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Pedestrian accidents account for approximately 13% of the 33,000 traffic fatalities that occur each year in the U.S. and an even higher percentage in countries with more dense populations and higher foot traffic. For more than a decade, Honda vehicles have been applying pedestrian safe features to vehicles such as collapsible hood hinges and breakaway windshield pivots. To further advance research and safety efforts, Honda has started testing V2P (Vehicle-to-Pedestrian) and V2M (Vehicle-to-Motorcycle) technologies.
These two experimental technologies were created to reduce the risk of collisions between cars and pedestrians or motorcycles. Honda is also a partner in the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Program conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation. There currently 8 Honda vehicles participating in the test program.
The way V2P works, a vehicle equipped with DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication) technology can detect a pedestrian with a DSRC enabled smart phone. V2P technology uses auditory and visual warnings to alert both the pedestrians and the drivers of an impending collision. A Smartphone app determines the position, direction and speed of the pedestrian and, using DSRC technology, the position of surrounding vehicles. In addition to safety warnings, the vehicle can also receive details on whether the pedestrian is texting, listening to music or on a call.
Using the same DSRC system, Honda’s V2M (Vehicle-to Motorcycle) technology can determine the potential for a collision between a motorcycle and a car. The system can sense the presence of a motorcycle even when it’s obstructed from the view of nearby auto drivers. See the demo here:
Currently, Hondas possess advanced safety features such as ACE™ body structure, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Info., Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), Active Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keep Assist, and the Lane Watch blind spot monitoring system.
Honda runs two of the world’s most sophisticated crash test facilities and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in notable areas of auto safety: crash testing, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety.
Insurance companies love knowing that you have a lesser risk of losing control of your vehicle thanks to the ABS in your car.
2. What’s in a Car’s Age?
Generally, the older the car, the higher the risk of mechanical failure. Newer cars (five years old or less) tend to pay lower insurance premiums thanks to updated safety features. Now, obviously a brand new luxury car will be more expensive to insure than a 1990 Honda Accord; but in an equal world, the younger the car, the lower the insurance cost.
3. Lots of Airbags
It’s all about safety! Vehicles with additional airbags, like side-curtains airbags, that protect all passengers are like rainbows on a sunny day for insurance companies and you will be the one getting the pot of gold at the end.
4. Crash Test Ratings
Did you know that the performance of a car in a crash test affects the amount it costs to insure it? Interesting, I know. So do your homework before purchasing a car and research its safety rating. (Psst. Did you also know that nine 2012 Honda models are Top Safety Picks? Food for thought)
5. Alarm Systems
Insurance companies not only take into consideration the safety of passengers while driving, but also the actual safety of the vehicle while parked. Systems that reduce the risk of theft make insurance companies very happy and lower the cost on your end.
What have we learned? Safety features are key to lowering insurance costs. However, there are other variables like your driving history that play a role in the total cost of insurance; you can read about some of them here.
Nonetheless, looking for a car with great safety features will help you get that lower payment. Like I said, nine 2012 Honda models are Top Safety Picks (hint, hint). But we have many used cars in Austin that are less than five years old and possess these safety attributes, too. So give us a call if you’re in the market!