Gomentum Station And Honda Offer Demo Of Autonomous Vehicle Technology

GoMentum Station and Honda Offer Demo of Autonomous Vehicle TechnologyGoMentum Station, in coordination with the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and its partners Honda and the City of Concord, showcased Honda's automated vehicle testing program at GoMentum Station, the largest secure Connected Vehicle (CV) and Autonomous Vehicle (AV) proving grounds in the U.S.

GoMentum Station features 20 miles of paved roadway on a 5,000-acre site located in the decommissioned zone of the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS). The site contains paved, city-like roadway grids, buildings, and other urban infrastructure, providing a realistic environment to accelerate Honda's development of automated and connected vehicle technologies. There, GoMentum Station and its partners will incubate a new generation of technology that has the potential to revolutionize transportation infrastructure.

"The Contra Costa Transportation Authority and GoMentum Station are committed to supporting innovative research that will influence transportation and enhance safety for all road users," said Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director, CCTA. "Our partners are developing autonomous and connected vehicle technology that will help accelerate the next generation of transportation infrastructure and make the future of driving safer around the world."

Honda Advanced Technology and Safety Leadership

In pursuit of a collision-free society, Honda is broadly deploying advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), which represent a technological bridge to automated driving technology, across the Honda and Acura line-ups. The majority of Honda core models available today, including some of the industry's most popular models such as the Civic, CR-V, Accord and Pilot, can be equipped with Honda Sensing™. Every Acura model is available with the AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies.

The automaker's second-generation automated development vehicle was also featured at the GoMentum Station – a modified version of the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD™ luxury performance sedan that has been fitted with a new suite of radar, Lidar, camera and GPS sensors, complemented by higher performance CPUs and GPUs, and improved cabling, heat management and circuitry.

Honda intends to put automated driving technologies into practical use on highways around 2020, supported by inter-connected research efforts in Japan, Europe and the U.S. Honda's research at GoMentum Station is spearheaded by Honda Research Institute USA.

"Automated vehicles have the potential to significantly improve safety and expand access to mobility," said Jim Keller, senior manager and chief engineer, Honda R&D Americas. "We believe that safe and secure sites like GoMentum provide a unique opportunity to accelerate technology development and the advent of a cooperative car society."

"The City of Concord is looking forward to tracking the evolution of the new technology being developed by Honda at the GoMentum Station," stated Laura Hoffmeister, Mayor of the City of Concord. "It's exciting to be the host city for GoMentum Station, and to know that our roads will be safer in the future thanks to the work being done there."

Saving the Spectrum for Auto Safety

The demonstration of connected and autonomous vehicles at GoMentum highlights the need for federal action to preserve the 5.9 GHz radio spectrum for the use of Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC), a wireless technology optimized for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) safety applications. The use of DSRC can help address up to 80% of non-alcohol-related vehicle collisions according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

"DSRC-enabled vehicles can make the nation's roads safer for all users, including pedestrians," said Edward Cohen, vice president, Government and Industry Affairs, Honda North America. "To accomplish the goal of enhancing road user safety, we need the support of policymakers to preserve 5.9 GHz radio spectrum."

"Spectrum is a prized resource - and there is no better use of the portion dedicated to Intelligent Transportation Systems than to save lives on our nation's highways," said John Bozzella, president and CEO of the Association of Global Automakers. "We need to ensure that public policy encourages the significant societal benefits that come with connected and automated vehicle technologies."