Honda’s ultimate goal is to combine automated technologies with vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian technologies.

The automaker previewed its V2X technology on Detroit’s Belle Isle.

In one scenario, a Honda Accord fitted with dedicated short-range communication technology and pedestrian sensors sends a warning to a pedestrian whose smartphone is outfitted with V2X. The car automatically slows and applies the brakes when the pedestrian, a demonstration dummy, doesn’t stop walking into the road. The pedestrian then sends an automatic “thank you” text to the car.

Soon after, an early warning arrives that a bicyclist, whose phone also is fitted with V2X, is about to cross the Accord’s path. The car avoids hitting him.

In another scenario, a stopped vehicle ahead of the Accord sends a warning and a real-time photo of a road obstruction, in this case geese. The car engages its automated mode and changes lanes, a result of Honda’s partnership with mapping company HERE on lane-level digital maps and cloud service.

Also during the Honda V2X test, the Accord receives a warning a motorcycle is approaching from the right, well before it’s in view of the driver, as the motorcyclist has V2X on his smartphone.

In the last scenario, a Honda-claimed industry first, the Accord’s driver, upon having an emergency, sends a distress signal and another Honda equipped with V2X arrives and virtually tows him in a following mode to the nearest hospital.

The hospital also receives the distress signal and is prepared for the driver.

The Honda V2X system has a range of 984 ft. (300 m) and can see 360 degrees around the vehicle. It sends out a signal 10 times per second to communicate with other V2X-enabled vehicles or devices.

Sue Bai, principal engineer-Honda Automobile Technology Research, sees V2X first appearing in new vehicles but hopes the technology can be retrofitted into existing cars, and that chip vendors and smartphone makers and carriers support the technology.

“We’re working with (chip vendor) Qualcomm to enable this communication technology, but even if the phone is capable we still need to talk to the carrier and the device maker, so (V2X) will not happen overnight,” she tells WardsAuto.

Still, she says Honda hopes to be in market with V2X in five years, a relatively soon date.