November 27 2008 / by Alvis Brigis
Category: Technology Year: 2009 Rating: 7 Hot
As sensors and computers continue to spread throughout the world they quantify our environment and offer the opportunity of real-time feedback. Case in point is Honda's new "Ecological Drive Assist System for Enhanced Real World Fuel Economy", a sensor/display system that learns your driving style and conditions you to become a more ecologically conscious driver.
Here's what the interface will look like:
And here's Honda's description of the new system:
TOKYO, Japan, November 20, 2008– Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced the development of the Ecological Drive Assist System, which combines three functions to enhance fuel economy: the ECON Mode utilizes harmonized control of the continuously variable transmission (CVT) and engine to support more fuel-efficient driving; the guidance function uses speedometer color to provide real-time guidance on fuel-efficient driving; and thescoring function provides feedback about current driving practices, as well as feedback on cumulative, long-term fuel-efficient driving.
The world’s first* system to combine these three functions in a comprehensive approach to fuel economy enhancement, the Ecological Drive Assist System will be implemented for the first time on the all-new Insight hybrid vehicle in spring 2009.
I expect that over the next few years we'll see many more such no-brainer feedback mechanisms, ranging from health monitors and virtual exercise trainers to more complex learning / behavior mod devices for long-term behavior of individuals, corporations and even other biological systems. Perhaps the "next Google" will be a company that relies on such mechanisms to maximize project efficiency and allow coordinated work over vast distances.