Honda technology promises end to traffic jams

4th May 2012

Traditionally the bane of motorists up and down the country, traffic jams could soon be a thing of the past thanks to new technology being developed by car firm Honda.

The Japanese automaker has teamed up with scientists at the Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo to develop a prototype system that could increase the traffic speed by an average of 23 per cent while also providing an eight per cent improvement in fuel-efficiency.

This new system works by monitoring acceleration and deceleration patterns of vehicles to determine whether motorist’s actions will lead to congestion.

Information is then fed back to the driver, who can then modify their own acceleration and deceleration resulting in what Honda believes will be a major reduction in traffic jams.

The technology can then be linked to computer systems to create a wider picture of driving patterns which could provide an even greater boost to traffic flow.

Honda is now set to take the system on public-road tests in Italy and Indonesia where, if successful, it could then be rolled-out commercially.

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Posted by Danielle Barge