|Tokyo, October 17, 2003 --- Honda
Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the addition of the world's
first Road Congestion Prediction function to the company's exclusive InterNavi Premium Club
service. This new function allows users to foresee changes in traffic patterns and apply this
information in route planning. Creating a two-way information exchange network using the
voice-operated Honda Navigation System and portable telephones, The InterNavi Premium
Club services have received acclaim for making available to drivers a range of information only
an automaker can provide. The Congestion Prediction function is now available on the new
Odyssey with plans to expand availability to other models in the future.
Available to Honda owners who purchased the recently announced Honda HDD Navigation
System as part of the InterNavi Premium Club service, the Congestion Prediction function
precisely predicts changes in traffic patterns to indicate the least congested route to the
destination based on real-time VICS*1 data and past VICS data archived at the InterNavi
Information Center. Receiving this precise information at departure, drivers can also more
accurately predict the length of time required to reach their destination.
Since its inception in October 2002, the InterNavi Premium Club has been well received for
leveraging advanced technology and information infrastructure to provide value-added
information to its members. The club now has over 25,000 members*2. In conjunction with the
recently announced Premium Members VICS and Parking Selection functions, this new
Congestion Prediction function represents an attractive enhancement to the service.
||VICS is a registered trademark of the Vehicle Information and Communication
||As of October 2003