Last week, we told you about GM's plans of launching the Traffic Assist system on the 2008 Opel Astra that utilizes lasers, video camera and a central computer to enable it to detect and avoid obstacles. Now, Honda has developed a prototype called ASV-3 – Advanced Safety Vehicle, and the '3' stands for this being the 3rd phase of this Japanese government sponsored project. Similar to GM's system, the ASV-3 uses cameras and radars to detect obstacles; but unique to Honda, it's also equipped with an intervehicle communication system as a back-up. And of course, the principle difference between GM's Traffic Assist and Honda's ASV-3 is that GM's goal is to have the vehicle drive itself whereas Honda's system will only provide signals and warnings to drivers while ultimately entrusting the people to keep the driving experience safe.

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