June 17, 2016 Blog
Using Something Old for Something New
North of the city of Concord, California, a sea of golden hills surrounds a 5,000–acre former navy weapons station populated by abandoned buildings -- and automated vehicles.
Honda recently demonstrated its automated Acura flagship RLX sedan at the facility, known as GoMentum station. Honda is one of several automakers using the 20 miles of secured paved roadways at GoMentum, which look just like the ones we drive on every day, to develop their automated vehicles.
I have seen some amazing things during my 20 years in the car business. But what I saw at GoMentum, thanks to Honda’s invitation to join them, revolutionized my thinking of future highway travel. Check it out for yourself here.
Old places like GoMentum station and Willow Run in Michigan, are becoming the epicenters of research for significant new lifesaving vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and automated technologies. I have seen with my own two eyes that real things are happening to save lives.
We all have different relationships with the automobile industry, but one thing we have in common is that we’re all drivers and passengers. From that perspective, the importance of developing V2V communications will move us from surviving crashes to avoiding them altogether.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that just two of the V2V applications now being developed will save 1,000 lives per year. That's three deaths a day that could be prevented - and that's just the beginning as automakers and other innovators develop more applications with this technology to save lives, save fuel, and save time.