Honda believes IT-driven changes in driving behavior can help reduce road congestion

Honda has developed a system to change driving patterns to help avoid traffic jams.

The Japanese carmaker, in cooperation with researchers at the University of Tokyo, is working on technology that monitors a driver's driving pattern and analyzes whether the way he accelerates and decelerates contributes to congestion.

If that is deemed to be the case, the system provides information that encourages smooth driving.

In tests, Honda found that changes in driving style increased average speeds by about 23 pc and fuel efficiency by 8 pc. Improvements are even greater, Honda said, if the system is connected to Cloud-based servers and adaptive cruise control systems that adapt to the driving patterns of vehicles ahead.

Honda will begin public-road testing of the technology in Italy and Indonesia shortly. If the tests are successful, the carmaker will bring the system to market.