Honda Develops Technology to Reduce Traffic Congestion and CO2 Emissions June 2012
Honda Motor Co. Ltd. recently announced the successful development of the world’s first traffic congestion technology that will determine whether the driving pattern of a vehicle is likely to create traffic jams. Honda developed this technology after recognizing that the acceleration and deceleration behavior of one vehicle influences the traffic pattern of trailing vehicles and can trigger the traffic congestion.
Along with the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, Honda conducted experimental testing of the system. Test results showed the system helped increase the average speed of traffic flow by approximately 23 percent and improved fuel efficiency for trailing vehicles by roughly 8 percent.
Honda’s traffic congestion detection technology aims to reduce carbon emissions used during traffic jams. Credit: Shutterstock.Honda plans to bring this technology to market and will begin the first public-road testing in Italy and Indonesia in May and July, respectively, to verify the system’s effectiveness in minimizing vehicle congestion. Instead of providing information to help the driver avoid existing congestion based on current traffic information, the system monitors the vehicle’s acceleration and deceleration to determine whether the driver’s pattern is likely to create traffic congestion. The system then provides the driver with appropriate information including color-coded display, through the on-board terminal, to encourage smooth driving that will help alleviate the intensity of acceleration and deceleration by trailing vehicles. This helps to prevent or minimize the occurrence of traffic congestion.Drivers will be able to activate the Adapting Cruise Control (ACC) system at the right time to maintain a constant distance between vehicles at the most appropriate interval.