Honda develops technology to detect the potential for traffic congestion

Apr 26, 2012
Image of congestion prevention effect with the system

Honda Motor announced the development of the world’s first technology to detect the potential for traffic congestion and determine whether the driving pattern of the vehicle is likely to create traffic jams. Honda developed this technology while recognizing that the acceleration and deceleration behavior of one vehicle influences the traffic pattern of trailing vehicles and can trigger the traffic congestion.

In conjunction with the Research Center for Advanced Science and at the University of Tokyo, conducted experimental testing of a utilizing the technology to detect the potential for . The test results demonstrated that the system helped increase the average speed by approximately 23% and improved fuel efficiency by approximately 8% of trailing vehicles.

With the goal to bring this technology to market, Honda will begin the first public-road testing of the technology in Italy and Indonesia in May and July of this year, respectively, to verify the effectiveness of the technology in minimizing vehicle congestion.

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. 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.

Moreover, the positive effect on minimizing congestion and fuel efficiency improvement can be further increased by connecting the on-board terminals to cloud servers to make the driver aware of and in sync with the driving patterns of vehicles ahead by activating the ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) system at the right time to maintain a constant distance between vehicles at the most appropriate interval.

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Lord_jag
1 / 5 (2) Apr 26, 2012
Wow... so stretch that over 500 cars and notice how the car in the back is now miles further back than he was without the system.

Nice progress!
Scottingham
not rated yet Apr 26, 2012
I do this manually myself and it does seem to help keep things moving. The only issue is that if too large of a gap is left somebody will cut into that open space in the lane...and slam on their brakes.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (1) Apr 26, 2012
Honda will begin the first public-road testing of the technology in Italy and Indonesia

Great idea, but good luck testing this in Italy. Have they seen how the italians drive?

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