Speaking to Car and Driver last week at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress, Honda Americas R&D president Frank Paluch dished detains on a new set of core goals the Japanese automaker hopes to achieve by 2040, but they won’t be happening all at once.
The first step in Honda’s goal will come in 2020, where Paluch says Honda vehicles will be connected one another and to infrastructure, lending to a 50 per cent reduction in collisions involving Honda vehicles.
A decade later in 2030, Honda predicts all road users – cyclists, drivers, pedestrians, motorcycles and, of course, cars – will be virtually connected. This means Honda will be set up to completely eliminate the prospects of collisions in its vehicles by 2040, lending to a number of ideas for more efficient travel on the road – high-speed express lanes reserved for connected cars are just the tip of the iceberg.
As for the future of how cars will be fueled, Paluch still sees hydrogen fuel-cells as the way to go – despite the present-day popularity of battery-electric cars – for the possibility of hooking them up to smart power grids and solar panels.
“My [Honda] FCV is connected to my smart home energy system, supplementing the grid and acting as part of a distributed energy network that includes wind and locally-generated solar power,” he said. “In the event of a blackout, my car functions as a home backup generator. And now I am living the low-carbon dream, driving and living with net-zero grid energy and CO2 emissions.”
News Source: caranddriver