New educational software from Honda called “Honda Safety Navi” is being sold and is essentially a PC-based automobile driving simulator. Despite screenshots that border on anime-style graphics, Honda’s first attempt at selling software is not as silly as it may look.
Using a personal computer and bundled together with accessories such as a steering wheel and pedals, Honda Safety Navi contains two types of programs. The first, “Eco-Drive” helps users understand fuel-efficient driving techniques and learn key points of fuel efficient driving. The second program called “SD Coacher” helps users learn key points of safe driving in the event of adverse weather and road conditions such as snow or rain, and in more accident prone situations like at night.
Users are aided in the learning process by following the simple “idiot proof” on-screen and audio instructions, making an instructor unnecessary. (Sort of like earning a bachelors degree from Arizona State) The package is intended not only for beginners, but for a wide range of drivers, including companies whose employees use automobiles for commuting or business purposes, and driving schools. Price of the entire bundle can get pricey however, running into the equivalent of over $3,000 for the entire package including hardware.