I wouldn't park there, mate - Honda adds sat nav warnings
'There's been four cars stolen here in five days'
Honda's latest innovation lets Japanese drivers know if they should be rolling up the windows and locking their doors, or if they've found the ideal spot to abandon their vehicle, by downloading local crime figures to their GPS unit.
Overlaying crime data into a mapping application isn't technically difficult. Japanese sat nav systems already offer information on speed limits and points of interest, as well as real-time information such as weather and the availability of car-park spaces.
The service is to be launched today, and is available to the 660,000 members of Honda's Internavi Premium Club, according to the Mainichi Daily News.
The data covers car thefts and break-ins in 13 regions, and is provided by local police departments.
Technoride reports that US car makers are less enthusiastic about the idea, with concerns the system might end up guiding drivers away from areas populated by ethnic minorities - much like Armstrong and Miller's pikey-avoiding GPS skit.
So it seems Americans and Europeans will have to wait a while before their sat nav can tell them if it's safe to park, though Londoners won't need sat nav to tell them that anywhere south of the Thames is to be avoided. ®
@Who'd steal a Honda?
Who would steal a 20 year old Yamaha motorcycle with better than 100,000 miles on the clock?It was mine if you must know.Bastards then BBQed it.
show me the cameras
I want that gps to show me the red-light cameras, the speed cameras, the the local coppers waiting the nab someone going a couple over the posted. Certain models of Hondas and Toyotas are high on the theft list because it's easy to chop them up into parts to resell for repair at the local. I'll take a nice efficient new Honda any day over the gas-guzzling
4x4s out there.
Japanese pikey masterplan
Go and hang out in a nice sushi joint in the lowest crime area, wait for sararymen to park expensive motors outside and be lured in by naked chicks pretending to be sushi tables.
Steal their motors while they sit in blissful appreciation of personal safety and naked chicks.
"doh! dorobou neko!!"