Phones may warn pedestrians of traffic

WASHINGTON – The next generation in automotive safety could include crash protection for pedestrians carrying smartphones.

Honda is testing a safety system that relies on dedicated short range communications, or DSR.

The tests include a DSR device in the vehicle and DSR in a smartphone carried by a pedestrian.

An online demonstration shows a pedestrian walking into an intersection as a car approaches. When the phone is in range of the car, both the driver and the pedestrian are warned.

The technology is also being tested between cars and motorcycles.

Honda Demonstrates Advanced V2P and V2M Safety Technologies from Honda Government Relations on Vimeo.

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