Slideshow: 2020 Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V is revised inside and out for 2020 model year

Honda has given the CR-V fresh looks and a revised interior for the 2020 model year.

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It's been a long time coming but now the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid faces some true competition. The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid has broken cover, bringing a two-motor electric hybrid system to one of America's best selling vehicles.

This slideshow contains photos of the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

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The new Hybrid model features Honda's revised front-end styling on the CR-V.

The new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid will go on sale in early 2020.

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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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The two ultimate off-roading vehicles are currently being prepped for their August debut.

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If you're a DIY adventure travel enthusiast, you're probably familiar with Overland Expo. The company puts together numerous events across the country each year that bring together the best of the overloading industry from vehicles to equipment to experts and more.

With sunny days filled with more expo events ahead as COVID-19 looks even further away in the rearview mirror, Overland Expo's staff has worked with two automakers to create unique builds befitting the spirit of Overland Expo events. The first is the Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build, which is based on a 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road. The other is based on a 2021 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT and called the Ultimate Overland Motorcycle Build.

Overland Expo's Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build: Before

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The Toyota 4Runner TRD-Off Road 4x4 comes standard with a 4.0-liter V6 engine, 9.6 inches of ground clearance, a standard factory-installed locking rear differential, and crawl Control — among other features. It also has a large number of off-roading and overloading accessories available, making it a perfect platform for this build.

The transformation of the vehicle has just begun. Over the next few months, MULE Expedition Outfitters and several aftermarket parts suppliers, including ARB 4x4 Accessories, CBI Offroad, Alu-Cab, Prinsu Design, Firestone Tires, Mayhem Wheels, 7P Overland, ALP Generators, REDARC, KC- Adventure Further, OK4WD, MagnaFlow, Garmin, Westin, Superwinch, Wagan Tech, TOTAL CHAOS Fabrication, XPLOR, Radflo, Atlantic British /Clearview USA, Dometic, QuietKat, and Midland Radio, will work to add parts to fine tune the model into the Ultimate Overland Vehicle.

The finished Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build will be revealed on August 27th at Overland Expo Mountain West in Loveland, Colorado.

Overland Expo's Ultimate Overland Motorcycle Build

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Overland Expo's first Ultimate Overland Motorcycle Build is based on the 2021 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT, which has been finished in Darkness Black Metallic - a new colorway for the 2021 model year. Together, Honda and Overland Expo will work to transform the motorcycle over the coming months utilizing a variety of suppliers including Outback Motortek, Jesse Luggage, Denali Electronics, Garmin, Wolfman Luggage, Heidenau Tires, KonTour Seats, and Superwinch.

Like the Toyota, the Honda will be revealed on August 27th at Overland Expo Mountain West.

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