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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RE: Not gonna work
5/1/2012 2:42:41 PM
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
5/2/2012 10:30:04 AM
Watch the video near the bottom of the page.
7 mins and you can see how flawed your thinking is.
RE: Not gonna work
5/2/2012 10:30:25 AM
Well the top of the page I mean.
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