What better reward could come from Honda's diligent research and tireless development efforts than the knowledge that the end result is "Safety for Everyone"?
Honda has a long record of industry leadership in the development and application of advanced safety technology. Honda R&D safety research activities in Tochigi, Japan and Raymond, Ohio, are playing a critical role in the further development of Honda safety technology and the evolution of Honda's "Safety for Everyone" concept.
"Safety for Everyone" is a comprehensive approach to vehicle safety that seeks to provide a high-level occupant protection for all Honda and Acura vehicles, regardless of size or price, along with increased compatibility with other vehicles and improved safety for pedestrians.
Tochigi R&D Center
Honda's omni-directional vehicle-to-vehicle crash test facility at the Tochigi R&D center opened in 2001 and is the world's first indoor all-weather facility of its type. In addition to standard barrier tests, the facility tests in situations that simulate actual traffic accidents between vehicles.
Honda R&D Americas added an Automotive Safety Research Facility in 2003 that features seven advanced safety testing laboratories, including the world's most sophisticated crash barrier block and the world's first pitching crash test simulator. The simulator has pitching capabilities for more accurate simulation of real-world crash dynamics. This pitching motion simulates the lifting of a vehicle's rear end in a frontal collision, allowing engineers to gather data on the performance of safety systems such as airbags and seatbelts that more closely reflect real world performance.
The crash test facility is capable of conducting a wide variety of both real world and simulated crash tests including full frontal, angled barrier, side impact and offset crash tests, along with simulations of various tests related to the performance of safety systems such as airbags and seatbelts. A key feature of the facility is the world's most sophisticated high-resolution crash-barrier block, a 100-ton moveable cube with sides that can be configured for different tests.