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Honda's traffic system  (Source: Honda)
Honda plans to unveil this system in testing that will be conducted in Italy and Indonesia in May and July 2012

One of the unfortunate realities of driving is the traffic jam, where cars can sometimes sit bumper-to-bumper for hours at a time. For those who are tired of not making it to work on time, Honda has a new system that may eliminate future traffic congestion.

Honda Motor Co. and the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo have collaborated to create a new driving assistant, which tracks the driving behavior of the vehicle and calculates whether this pace could cause a traffic jam.

Honda and the University of Tokyo developed this new system with the understanding that the acceleration and deceleration of a car can affect all other vehicles on the road. By researching these patterns, it was possible to create a system that predicts the probability of traffic congestion and warns the driver of this possibility. It is then up to the driver to change their speed.

"Rather than providing information to help the driver avoid existing congestion based on current traffic information, the system monitors the acceleration and deceleration patterns of the vehicle to determine whether the driver’s driving pattern is likely to create traffic congestion," said Honda. "Based on this determination, the system provides the driver with appropriate information, including a color-coded display through the on-board terminal, to encourage smooth driving which will help alleviate the intensity of acceleration and deceleration by trailing vehicles, thereby helping to prevent or minimize the occurrence of vehicle congestion."

According to Honda, the new anti-traffic system helped increase the average speed of vehicles by 23 percent and even enhanced the fuel efficiency of "trailing vehicles" by 8 percent, since traffic congestion causes an increase in CO2 emissions.

Honda also noted that cloud connectivity in vehicles via such a system could allow cars to estimate the patterns of other drivers.

Honda plans to unveil this system in testing that will be conducted in Italy and Indonesia in May and July 2012.

Back in February, Bill Ford Jr., the great-grandson of Henry Ford, urged automakers and tech experts to create new traffic jam technologies because congested highways could someday mean limiting the number automobiles that can be sold or used on the roads at a given time. With technology like the system being developed at Honda, this worry could no longer be an issue.

Source: Honda

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Not gonna work
By nangryo on 4/30/2012 10:04:31 PM , Rating: 1
It is then up to the driver to change their speed.

People will just ignore it and hit the pedal gas as much as they can to try to arrive at their destination faster

Unless the speed control is automatic

Because many people are ignorance...

RE: Not gonna work
By Omega215D on 4/30/12, Rating: 0
RE: Not gonna work
By TheEinstein on 5/1/2012 3:00:16 PM , Rating: 2
As a truck driver I can say... a rolling baricade with a fixed speed could work.... like in a three lane highway three vehicles matching speed, slow down at first, giving lots of room to traffic in front, then speed up to a 'statistical' average speed with double following distance at minimum would solve a lot of the problems.

The other side of that coin is it would have to be done by marked volunteers and everyone would hate those people for 'slowing me down' when in fact the sped up most of society in the area.

A simpler solution would be to teach people not to change lanes in bumper to bumper traffic. A lot of problems result from that and if we can adress it.

Oh and the people who try to exit 'late' and cut ahead of a stalled line should be pulled from their cars and beaten solidly so that they won't slow society down with that stunt again.

RE: Not gonna work
By UnauthorisedAccess on 4/30/2012 11:58:36 PM , Rating: 5
Because many people are ignorance...

That's either a typo or incredibly deep.

RE: Not gonna work
By 440sixpack on 5/1/2012 11:14:35 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, it's a nice idea but it's clear that most drivers on the road have no interest or consideration for any other drivers, so this will wind up getting ignored like seat belt warning chimes. There will be no immediate, noticeable effect of doing this so even the few people who would try it will just get frustrated when no effect is noted and other cars cut them off, tailgate, etc. Maybe it will work in Japan but I doubt something so passive will have much effect in the US.

RE: Not gonna work
By DT_Reader on 5/1/2012 2:42:41 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. This is just the car telling you to drive like you were taught, with a safe following distance. But trying to drive like that will just get you cut off. Anywhere there's traffic, leave any distance ahead of you greater than one car length and you'll get cut off.

That's why "radar brakes" won't work - they'll slam you to a halt every time you get cut off (as the radar suddenly sees your following distance drop to zero), and that will just leave another opening to get cut off again.

Worst of all, most people who cut me off seem to slow down once they're in front of me. I try to ignore them and maintain the same following distance I had before - with the car now two ahead of me. Results in me tailgating the idiot who cut me off, but they asked for it.

RE: Not gonna work
By Kurz on 5/2/2012 10:30:04 AM , Rating: 3

Watch the video near the bottom of the page.
7 mins and you can see how flawed your thinking is.

RE: Not gonna work
By Kurz on 5/2/2012 10:30:25 AM , Rating: 2
Well the top of the page I mean.

Figured it out?
By mrwassman on 4/30/2012 11:48:47 PM , Rating: 2
I think it would be more effective to put a mandatory question about how to prevent traffic congestion on the DMV driving exam. That way at least everyone with a license is educated about it and not just Honda drivers.

RE: Figured it out?
By kwrzesien on 5/1/2012 9:39:38 AM , Rating: 2

There should be an electronic driving simulator that reinforces this.

RE: Figured it out?
By kattanna on 5/1/2012 10:28:38 AM , Rating: 2
I think it would be more effective to put a mandatory question about how to prevent traffic congestion

why? the only answer to that question is to reduce the number of cars

RE: Figured it out?
By Kurz on 5/2/2012 10:20:14 AM , Rating: 2
No... it isn't There is plenty of space on the roads.
What causes Traffic is the absence of space in specific areas.
When cars come very close together it tends to have a slow down effect on the drivers actions.

What can mitigate this issue of traffic problems is proper Following distance of 3 seconds on the highway.
Then the Traffic jam will never start! There is plenty of space for to merge change lanes etc...

An old, old tip: keep moving and avoid brakelights
By Arbie on 5/1/2012 10:12:11 AM , Rating: 3
I have promoted this idea for many years. If traffic begins to slow, look ahead and try to set your speed so you'll be able to keep moving. When the person behind you sees brakelights, they have no choice but to hit the brakes too, and harder than you did. Five cars back, traffic stops.

===> If you can keep moving, so can everyone behind you. That's MUCH better for efficiency, the environment, and stress levels.

By ewhite06 on 5/1/2012 3:07:41 PM , Rating: 2
Hypermilers do this constantly. It's called "driving without brakes." You learn how to watch the traffic ahead of you and learn how to COAST, not hit the brakes. That way you keep moving and don't waste energy heating up your brakes. I'm not a hypermiler, but this helps immensely on mileage. It forces you to pay attention - something which is sorely needed out there.

By neihrick1 on 4/30/2012 11:51:57 PM , Rating: 4
people will just use this as a chance to cut over

By dashrendar on 5/1/2012 11:34:20 AM , Rating: 1
Preventive. Not preventative.

Preventive is the adjective.
Prevention is the noun.
Preventative is nothing... NOTHING.

RE: Preventative?
By degobah77 on 5/1/2012 11:52:05 AM , Rating: 2
It is definitely a valid word and has been added to some dictionaries, it's just a less favored variant.

Aiming too low
By euler007 on 4/30/2012 10:59:23 PM , Rating: 2
I was hoping for a honda flying car.

This would work better
By cknobman on 5/1/2012 10:14:24 AM , Rating: 2
If Honda's system automatically b!tch slapped the morons texting/surfing/reading/talking on their cellphones.

After 1 b!tchslap then the system automatically EMP's the damn thing.

Network Analysis
By dsx724 on 5/1/2012 10:59:57 AM , Rating: 2
Electrical engineers have perfected the algorithms for this for decades. It's one of those things that you wonder why it took so long for people to apply science breakthroughs to reality.

Traffic management.
By drycrust3 on 5/1/2012 11:30:27 AM , Rating: 2
where cars can sometimes sit bumper-to-bumper for hours at a time.

A lot of congestion is the result of mismanagement by the local city council. Congestion is the result of too much traffic being put into an area which doesn't have the capability to get rid of it. For example, if you have two lanes of traffic are rolling into an area where another two lanes of merge, and there are only two or three lanes exiting, you can see straight away you have the potential for congestion.
If traffic in <= traffic out then you avoid congestion. If traffic in > traffic out then you can guarantee congestion.
This idea of Honda's will be welcomed by city councils all around the world because it simply means they can temporarily avoid their own responsibility of managing the traffic correctly.

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