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Honda's launching the next step in navigation system evolution that will automatically warn drivers to be on guard when traveling through areas of high crime. The system is launching in Japan on Tuesday, but we haven't heard of any plans to bring it to the United States. It's probably for the best, as there'd be wide swaths of the country that this navi would recommend you avoid. Places like Washington DC, where crime is apparently legal and perpetrated by criminals with offices and staffs. Detroit might be marked with an avoidance warning too, but that's more likely due to Honda wanting to avoid a Jets-Sharks danceoff.

Honda's warning system uses historical data from the Japanese police to pinpoint areas where vehicle damage or theft has happened in the past. Areas then receive ratings based on the level of danger they pose to automobiles just passing through. We guess it could be useful for people who don't take notice of their surroundings when behind the wheel, but some of us may lump it in with other "safety" annoyances like self-locking doors.

[Source: AFP]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      You all seem to be skirting what you really want to say.
      Two types will have to be made. The First One will be for Whites and Asians which will let them know when they near an area where the population is mostly Black or Hispanic.
      The 2nd One will be for Blacks and Hispanics so they can stay out of areas where the population is mostly White or Asian or where there are lots of Police.
      Yeah, this will really go over well in the US. The ACLU and Attorneys will have a field day with the Company that makes these.
      This just demonstrates the Japanese are real racists, yet we continue to buy their products which makes us the suckers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      WTF? I lived in Japan for 7 years. There are no 'high crime areas'. Is it going to warn me about girls from southeast Asian overstaying their Visas when I drive through East Shinjuku? Or will it warn me about a neighborhood that has a high level of train gropers? The Japanese view of 'crime' greatly differs from us yanks' view. The only violent crimes that happen in Japan are either one gangster wacking another, or a family man who decides to committ a murder-suicide with his family. With the rare case of some wacko going on a stabbing spree, you have nothing to worry about in Tokyo or anywhere else in Japan.

      I know, I lived in Gotanda. The 2nd highest crime neighborhood in Tokyo, which probably has as much crime in a year than San Francisco has in a day, or less. And SF is a safe city.
        • 7 Years Ago
        SF really isn't that sate
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lost in Space FTW! If going into a high crime area I would want the Robot riding shotgun with me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hear it doesn't even know where Flint is.

      Hell, it seems General Motors doesn't anymore either...
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      • 7 Years Ago
      out here in the wild west you can get shot on the 101 you do not need to wander into a "bad neighborhood" to get shot what we need is a device that warns us a crazed driver with a gun is approching.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      That was a terrible joke. As a former Detroiter, I resent that joke.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Someone has the case of the Monday's.

        Dude, it was a joke.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a native Detroiter, I think that this is a ploy by Honda just because Detroit is the Motor City.
      • 7 Years Ago
      damn you self locking doors
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honda won't bring this to the U.S. because Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Jeremiah Wright will turn it into a racial issue. And that's no joke at all!
      • 7 Years Ago
      DC isn't that bad, you just have to stay out of certain areas like SE. It has its share of crime just like most cities, but it isn't that bad.
        • 7 Years Ago
        DC's really not that bad. But dayum it's got some big ass subway rats. The only rats that are bigger are in NY. They'll practically sit right next to you and ask you for spare change.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Tsk, Tsk. This certainly sounds like Profiling to me......Maybe someone should let Honda in on this.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not "Profiling" if it's a fact. If a black neighborhood is violent...then it's violent. Saying it's violent isn 't racist. It's not "profiling." If you don't want to be looked at as violent, then stop being violent. It's pretty simple, unless you're stupid. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would love to see them take it further just for a laugh. Have the doors lock, the windows roll up and audio system start playing a bit of Elvis-In the Ghetto. Of course the next step would be the nav system could just automatically route you around certain areas. Parades of luxury cars going ten blocks out of their way to avoid a bad intersection. oooh scary.
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