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Honda bags top safety award

2007-07-10 13:04
Two Honda engineers were honoured for their contributions to the development of vehicle safety systems at a recent international technical conference.

The 20th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles held in Lyon, France, saw two Honda development engineers, Satoshi Iijima and Douglas Longhitano, recognised for their contributions to improving vehicle safety.

First motorcycle airbag

Motorcycle engineer Iijima was recognised for his research into motorcycle crash safety and the development of new devices (including a specialised airbag system) over 30 years.

His team began their research into motorcycle airbag systems in 1990 and Honda's flagship tourer, the GL1800 Gold Wing, in 2006 became the first production model to be equipped with this airbag system.

Pedestrian safety

Senior engineer Douglas Longhitano was recognised for his work in the area of pedestrian impact protection. Longhitano has lead research programmes trying to understand pedestrian impacts with SUVs and bakkies.

The conference is one of the leading forums attended by researchers, engineers and government officials at which vehicle safety is discussed.

Honda is the only company this year to win the award for safety engineering excellence in both automobile and motorcycle safety fields.

Other topics discussed at this year's event include collision stresses on expectant mothers, pedestrian impact kinematics and lighting systems for improved motorcycle visibility.


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