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Opinion: Left-lane Bandits Cause Congestion

Drivers need better education about freeway lane use.

by on Feb.28, 2011

Left-lane drivers making you crazy? Left Lane Drivers of America sells window stickers designed to encourage left-lane bandits to use the other lane.

For the first time in my career, I’m commuting by freeway and it’s not pretty.

Every day, I travel a 30-mile section of freeway, some of it six lanes, but mostly four, meaning there are three or two lanes going each way. So what have I learned during all this driving?

This country has a serious need for improved driver education. People don’t know how to drive and the problem really comes to light at 80 mph.

Battling for the Left Lane!

The biggest issue is that many drivers all but refuse to leave the left lane. Drive up behind these people, even flash your lights, and they just refuse to leave the left lane. It’s a laziness issue. Stay in the left lane and you rarely have to change lanes. Talk on your cellphone and you can basically put the car on autopilot. Just steer through the curves and tap the brakes in those rare instances when you have to slow down.

Honda Selling Advanced Auto Driving Simulator

Aviation-like motion technology comes to driver training.

by on Mar.05, 2010

Adding motion and big screens makes the Honda auto driving simulator more "real."

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. this week began sales in Japan of an all-new automobile driving simulator developed for the purpose of traffic safety education.

Building on an existing simulator, the graphic capability was improved to provide more detailed and precise instructions. A newly adopted high-definition 42-inch LCD display allows trainees to experience a sense of driving that is said to be closer to real-world conditions, including “Night,” “Fog” and “Highway” modes.

The driver is given advice on how to ensure safe driving in potentially dangerous situations that have a high possibility of occurring in the real world.

Honda developed the automobile simulator as a traffic safety educational device that provides users a safe environment in which to experience the risks inherent to real-world traffic situations.

Drivers Ed!

Since it was first introduced in 2001, Honda has sold approximately 200 units of the automobile driving simulator in Japan and overseas. Current prices –depending on whether 2-axis motion or 6-axis motion is specified, range from $70,000-$106,000.

Honda also develops and sells motorcycle simulators globally, and bicycle simulators as well as a PC-based automobile driving simulator in Japan with the goal of improving drivers’ ability to predict risks and increase safety awareness for a wider range of people who operate mobility devices.