The whole idea with future vehicle safety isn't to improve crash protection or enhance vehicle dynamics; it's to increase the ability of drivers and riders to avoid the situations that lead to those crashes in the first place. That means bikes, cars and other vehicles talking to each other and the road, thereby making actual collisions almost obsolete. These latest, fourth generation, Honda Advanced Safety Vehicles push the limits of current technology to explore what might be possible in a totally integrated future.
In the past, the vision of the future went like a car saying "Hey, here
I am, don't hit me" and a bike being like, "it's cool dude, I wasn't
gonna." Then a streetlamp would chime in, "hey, I'm right here, don't
hit me either." Basically, vehicles and obstacles would communicate
positions and trajectories to ensure the two didn't intersect. The
problem being both that a vehicle's direction is neither constant nor
guaranteed and the massive amount of data needed to determine and
forecast a vehicle's future location.
Now, Honda's system envisions using hyper-local traffic monitoring to
more precisely place vehicles on the road. So, if a bike is filtering
between two lanes of traffic, street-mounted sensors can see that and
warn cars not to turn into it. The solution is both lower tech and, as
a result, more realistic. It also relies on drivers, not vehicles to
heed the warnings.
In the scooter's case (this could just as effectively be a motorcycle)
a dash mounted display highlights the position of impending collisions.
We bet this is really annoying while splitting lanes of traffic at high
This Forza also represents the latest development in Honda's idea of
giving two-wheelers recognizable, animal-like faces that should be more
immediately recognizable for idiot car drivers. Note not only the
happy-go-lucky face described by the headlights and fairing, but also
the mirror and fairing-mounted LEDs.
We really like the idea of future cars communicating with each other
and the road to reduce the capacity of completely inept drivers to kill
each other. But we also look forward to the increased autonomy
non-integrated motorcycles will afford in such an overly-controlled