Next month, Honda will begin public testing of a technology that will help drivers avoid traffic lights.
Similar to the technology that Audi debuted at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Honda’s “Universal Traffic Management System” will tell drivers whether or not they will be able to pass through an intersection before the light changes via an on-board display by telling them what speed to maintain. It will also give drivers a countdown until red lights turn green. The trial will take place in Utsunomiya City in the Tochigi Prefecture in Japan in collaboration with the Tochigi Prefectural Police and UTMS Society of Japan.
The large-scale and long-term public road testing will allow the Japanese automaker to see how functional and effective such a system would be in production vehicles.
Approximately 100 vehicles will be used in the test and will last about a year in order to judge its effectiveness in reducing emissions and fuel economy. More importantly however, Honda will observe the impact on traffic flow to determine whether or not to commercialize such a system.
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