Honda, University of Tokyo Create Preventative Traffic Jam System
April 30, 2012 9:33 PM
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Honda's traffic system
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.
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An old, old tip: keep moving and avoid brakelights
5/1/2012 10:12:11 AM
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.
RE: An old, old tip: keep moving and avoid brakelights
5/1/2012 3:07:41 PM
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.
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