September 15, 2006
NISSAN TO TEST INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN KANAGAWA
TOKYO(Sept. 15, 2006)--Nissan Motors Co., Ltd., announced today it would begin testing a newly developed intelligent transportation system which allows vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to help reduce traffic accidents and ease congestion.
The test, which is being conducted to evaluate the receptivity of drivers to such a system, will run from Oct. 1, 2006 until the end of March 2009 in Kanagawa Prefecture, about 25 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. About 10,000 drivers, who must be subscribers to Nissanís CARWINGS navigation service, are expected to participate in the test. Applications for the test will be accepted starting in late September.
The advanced road traffic system uses information obtained from nearby vehicles and roadside optical beacons to alert drivers to potential danger from approaching vehicles. The information is received by an onboard antenna on the vehicle.
In addition, the system uses the information to warn drivers when they are speeding in school zones. It also provides drivers with fastest-route information using probe data Ė information on the position and speed of vehicles obtained by wireless communications technology.
The trial run will test the following components of the system:
The system will also alert a driver when is detects that he or she approaching a stop sign or red traffic light too fast.
Dynamic route finder:
Both the vehicle alert and the speed alert systems will be tested until the end of fiscal year 2007. The dynamic route finder system will be tested until the end of fiscal 2008.
Nissanís intelligent transportation system test is being implemented in cooperation with NTT DoCoMo, consumer electronics maker Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., and Xanavi Informatics Corp., a maker of vehicle navigation systems and software.
Matsushita Electric has developed the roadside optical beacons for the test in conjunction with Japanís National Police Agency, the Kanagawa Prefectural Police Headquarters and the Universal Traffic Management Society of Japan (UTMS).
Based on the results of the test, Nissan is planning to implement its intelligent transportation system in Japan and then globally in the future as part of its efforts to help reduce traffic accidents and congestion. In Japan, Nissan has set a target of halving the number of traffic fatalities or serious injuries involving Nissan vehicles by 2015 compared with the level in 1995.