Traffic information maps generated using data collected via Honda’s Internavi car navigation system to assist people in the area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami received the 2011 Good Design Grand Award from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP).
Using floating car data released to the public from automobiles of members of Honda’s Internavi Linc Premium Club car navigation system, “Passable Road Maps” were created with the goal of helping victims and those assisting them travel around the affected region more smoothly and efficiently. The members of the Judging Committee lauded Honda for developing its original interactive communications system, for its many years of effort in the area of information technology, and for its service to Japan after the disaster.
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With a history stretching back more than half a century, the Good Design Awards are a comprehensive program for the evaluation and encouragement of design organized by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). The program is an offshoot of the Good Design Products Selection ("G Mark") System, which was created in 1957 by Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry). Today it is one of Japan’s most widely recognized design award programs. Every year about 1,000 products in all areas of design are singled out for the awards—a total of some 37,000 since the program’s inception. The awards program consists of the Good Design Awards and several Good Design Special Awards. In addition, every year one Good Design Grand Award is chosen from all of the Good Design Award winners.