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Well, hopefully. The courier services team were very pleased to read about Honda’s development of traffic jam avoidance technology. Developed in partnership with the Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, the system works by monitoring the acceleration and deceleration patterns of a vehicle to determine whether the driver’s actions are likely to cause congestion.

If a driver speeds up and slows down often, rather than maintaining a constant speed, they can trigger traffic jams. The system provides the driver with information, via a colour coded display on the dashboard, to help them drive smoothly and minimize the likelihood of a jam. Even more impressively, Honda hope that in the future on board terminals will connect cars to a ‘cloud’ server, enabling them to communicate with each other and their drivers, enabling cars to maintain a constant distance from each other and keeping traffic flowing smoothly.

Pretty impressive, eh? We think that transport companies would find this an absolute godsend, saving many man hours spent snarled up in traffic on the M25. Honda is rolling out the first public-road testing of the technology in Italy and Indonesia this month. There’s no date as yet for the system’s commercial launch, but we’ll be keeping you posted!

 

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