Honda Tests SAFE SWARM, Connected Vehicle Safety Technology. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor.

Updated: Apr 7

SAFE SWARM™ is a concept that Honda says demonstrates its dream to realize a collision-free society through safe and smooth traffic flow using connected car technologies. Inspired by nature, Honda engineers developed this unique SAFE SWARM™ concept to enable vehicles to wirelessly communicate and move fluidly and efficiently without a collision like a school of fish. Using Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology, Honda SAFE SWARM™ allows vehicles to communicate with surrounding vehicles and share key information such as location and speed. With this information and the sensor suite on the vehicle, the driver or automated vehicle systems can determine the safest course of action in merging with traffic or avoiding a road hazard. Ultimately, Honda believes that connecting all road users will create a safer transportation environment, mitigating and eventually eliminating traffic fatalities.

Honda’s SAFE SWARM™ concept can improve traffic flow by taking information from vehicles ahead to prevent potential traffic snarls, take early braking action to help avoid a wave of emergency braking, or change lanes if needed. It does this through an on-board system with V2X communication and the existing sensors on the vehicle and even sensors in the infrastructure.

Honda has been conducting closed-course testing and evaluating the concept in a real-world environment on the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor in Ohio, the longest stretch of continuously connected vehicle-to-infrastructure roadway in the world. To accelerate SAFE SWARM™ testing, Honda is continually seeking research and development partners, particularly businesses involved in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV).

Honda has deployed over 200 connected vehicles along Ohio’s 33 Smart Mobility Corridor. Through real-world testing of Honda’s SAFE SWARM™ technology, they aim to understand how technology impacts the customer and realize a connected ecosystem that protects everyone sharing the road, including pedestrians, motorcycles and cyclists.