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Audi released a new system in the last few weeks, a communicator in the car that gathers information about traffic and traffic lights and adjusts the car’s speed so that the smoothest drive can be achieved; meaning you catch the green light each time. Honda is doing much the same thing and is in full gear to test its own system.
Honda’s system works by communicating with traffic centers and displaying, the correct speed needed to hit the green light, in front of the driver. It also helps the driver while they’re waiting for the traffic light to go green by displaying a countdown.
This system will have most be more effective than that of Audi system. It will reduce CO2 emissions by unnecessary speeding and prolong the life of the car by cutting down on unneeded and sudden braking. Plus it will also save fuel. This will become more and more probable in the future when Honda puts in automatic systems to reduce and increase speed without the need of the driver.
The cars with the new systems installed will be tested in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture in Japan this year on five public routes. Naturally this will be done in collaboration with the Universal Traffic Management Systems (UTMS) Society and the Tochigi Prefectural Police in Japan to ensure safety and regulation. After a period of one year, if all goes well, these machines will be zooming around the block and saving fuel and cutting down CO2 emissions at the same time.