Honda has announced the development of a pop-up bonnet system and an infrared night vision device with audio-visual driver cautions to limit pedestrian injuries in a collision.

Honda has announced the development of a pop-up bonnet system and an infrared night vision device with audio-visual driver cautions to limit pedestrian injuries in a collision.

To increase the safety of pedestrians, the Japanese manufacturer has developed a bonnet that pops up when the car collides with a passenger, providing a space between the bonnet, engine and other hard components.

Three sensors are located within the front bumper and a vehicle speed sensor determines whether an impact involved a pedestrian. If this is the case, a signal is relayed raising the rear section of the bonnet by about 10 cm to reduce the risk of a serious blow - and injury - to the pedestrian's head area.

Honda also announced its Intelligent Night Vision System which uses images obtained from two "far infrared" cameras positioned in the front bumper to detect the position and movement of heat-emitting objects.

The system detects whether the object is within or approaching the vehicle's course before determining whether the object is a pedestrian, based on its size and shape. The driver will then be provided with audio and visual cautions to help prevent an accident involving the pedestrian.

Honda's Pedestrian Injury Reduction Body technologies were first used on its HR-V where the body structure was designed to primarily reduce impacts to the head. With the Civic's release, further measures were taken to reduce harm to the legs with impact-absorbing structures used in the bonnet, front fenders and bumpers, and other components.