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Honda donates 90 acres of land to The Nature Conservancy to protect cold water springs

Honda's donation will help protect the drinking water for tens of thousands of Ohioans.

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Honda is donating 90 acres of land in Ohio valued at over $280,000 to The Nature Conservancy to help protect the environmentally fragile headwaters of the Big Darby Creek watershed. This donation is the latest in a 30-year partnership between Honda and The Nature Conservancy to preserve this watershed, which is one of the Midwest's most biologically diverse aquatic systems.

"As citizens of this watershed, it's imperative we do our part to protect it," said Tom Shoupe, executive vice president of Honda of America. "Honda understands the significance of this property and will continue to protect and preserve the Big Darby Creek watershed."

"We want to thank Honda for the nearly $1 million in philanthropic grants we've received since this partnership began which have been invaluable in advancing our conservation and volunteer program efforts, especially here in Central Ohio," said Bill Stanley, state director for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. "We thank Honda for this generous donation of land, which adds a critical piece to the conservation puzzle and grows our Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve to more than 1,000 acres."

According to Honda, "the Big Darby Headwaters preserve protects the cold water springs and streams that combine to form the headwaters of Big Darby Creek. Big and Little Darby Creeks are noted nationally for their tremendous diversity and abundance of both aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals. They are home to 86 species of fish, five of which are endangered in Ohio. Forty-one species of freshwater mollusk live in these waters, eight of which are on the Ohio endangered list."

The Big Darby Creek is a tributary to the Scioto River, which provides drinking water for tens of thousands of Ohioans.

Honda began manufacturing vehicles at their Marysville, Ohio plant in 1982. Two years later, Big Darby Creek was designated a state scenic river. In 1991, Honda began their partnership with The Nature Conservancy with a $100,000 contribution for watershed support. Donations have periodically followed, including 2006 and 2010 donations totaling $500,000 for the restoration of Big Darby Creek.

Honda isn't the only company donating land to help preserve it. Earlier this year, Volkswagen gave The Conservation Fund $1.25 million to purchase land in East Tennessee.

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Honda is working with Verizon on self-driving cars technology.

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The Mcity campus was designed to be a proving ground for new technologies. Honda and Verizon are utilizing it as such as they partner to explore how Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband and 5G Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) can be used to ensure quick and reliable communication between road infrastructure, vehicles, and pedestrians.

The 5G technology leverages cloud technology to deliver lower latency, a large amount of bandwidth, and improved communication. This communication includes the way that vehicles interact with ther cars, traffic lights, pedestrians and emergency vehicles to improve threat detection and avoid accidents when seconds matter most. That's where the "V2" in acronyms like "V2V" (vehicle-to-vehicle) and "V2X" (vehicle- to-everything).

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Honda has been working since 2017 to develop a technology that will help to create a collision-free society. The technology, called Safe Swarm, uses V2X communication to enable vehicles to communicate with other road users and share key information such as location, speed, and vehicle sensor data.

There are some obstacles, not the least of which is the need to outfit each vehicle with onboard artificial intelligence capabilities. The use of 5G helps move the AI capabilities from the vehicle to the MEC, reducing the need for AI onboard each vehicle.

"The ability to move computing power to the edge of our 5G network is an essential building block for autonomous and connected vehicles, helping cars to communicate with each other in near real-time and with sensors and cameras installed in streets and traffic lights," said Sanyogita Shamsunder, vice president of Technology Development and 5G Labs at Verizon. "When you consider that roughly 42,000 people were killed in car accidents last year and 94% of accidents are caused by human error, our new technologies including 5G and MEC can help drivers 'see' things before the human eye can register and react helping to prevent collisions and save lives."

Three safety scenarios have been explored as part of the testing:

  • Pedestrian Scenario - A pedestrian is crossing a street at an intersection. An approaching driver cannot see the pedestrian due to a building obstructing the view. Smart cameras mounted in the intersection relay information to MEC using the 5G network. Verizon's MEC and V2X software platforms detect the pedestrian and vehicle and determine the precise location of road users assisted by Verizon's Hyper Precise Location services. A visual warning message is then sent alerting the driver of the potential danger.
  • Emergency Vehicle Warning Scenari - A driver cannot see an approaching emergency vehicle and cannot hear its siren due to the high volume of in-vehicle audio. Verizon's MEC and V2X software receive a safety message from the emergency vehicle and send a warning message to nearby vehicles. The driver receives a visual warning.
  • Red Light Runner Scenario - A vehicle fails to stop at a red light. Using data from the smart cameras, MEC and V2X software detect the vehicle and send a red-light-runner visual warning message to other vehicles approaching the intersection.

You can watch the video of Honda and Verizon's Mcity tests at http://honda.us/5GResearch.

Honda isn't the only company exploring what 5G communication can offer. Pirelli has installed the tech in its tires and BMW recently updated its My BMW app to make it compatible with the new technology. Audi is working on similar technology out on the road in Virginia and Georgia.

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Subaru dealerships have recycling items for years through the Subaru Loves the Earth campaign.

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Subaru's environmentally-focused philanthropic platform, Subaru Loves the Earth, part of the larger Subaru Loves mission, is celebrating a milestone. The recycling effort championed by the campaign has recycled more than five million disposable cups and lids, coffee, tea, and creamer capsules and snack wrappers over the last four years.

To mark to the accomplishment, Subaru has announced an extension to its partnership with TerraCycle. "At Subaru, we feel a responsibility to protect Earth's natural wonders for future generations to enjoy, and our partnership with TerraCycle helps us fulfill that commitment while also getting our community and customers involved," said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. "When it comes to protecting and preserving our environment, we're all in this together, and Subaru is proud to offer ways for people to get excited about recycling."

ASPCA Subaru Dog Kissing Booth Subaru activates their Subaru Loves campaigns throughout the country including Subaru Loves Pets kissing booths at auto shows.Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.

The program utilizes TerraCycle Zero Waste Boxes at 590 participating Subaru retailers nationwide, offering customers, employees, and community partners a way to recycle waste that is traditionally thought of as being hard to recycle like snack wrappers/bags, disposable cups, lids, plastic straws, as well as coffee, tea and creamer capsules. Subaru encourages customers to collecting these waste streams at their home and bring them into a local participating Subaru retailer for recycling.

Once collected, the waste is transformed into recycled products, including park benches, picnic tables, and playground materials. Subaru retailers can also order products made from the recycled materials through an exclusive Subaru product-line, produced in conjunction with TerraCycle, to be donated to community organizations.

"At TerraCycle, our mission has always been to eliminate waste, recycle the unrecyclable and use our innovative business solutions to minimize human impact on the planet," said Tom Szaky, TerraCycle CEO. "As we move into the fourth year of our partnership with Subaru, we look forward to building on our previous success and continuing to inspire local communities to take action to preserve the environment for future generations."

New for 2021, 225 participating Subaru retailers will be collecting cabin air filters and plastic film in their service areas for recycling. Additionally, Subaru and TerraCycle will also continue their nationwide recycling partnership with REI. Since 2019, Subaru has provided co-branded TerraCycle collection boxes at all REI stores across the country.

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