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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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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
+1

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
quote:
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...

http://trafficwaves.org/


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