Nissan Motor Co., Ltd announced today it will initiate a large-scale community-based test of its Intelligent Transport System (ITS), integrating cellular communications with vehicle telematics to help prevent pedestrian-related accidents. The pilot project will be conducted in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture for a two-month period from November 1 to December 27.
This represents the first and largest such experiment conducted of its kind, involving 500 pedestrians and 200 drivers, and in collaboration with NTT DoCoMo Inc, the largest mobile network operator in Japan. Participants will use a special cellular phone that is compatible to the Nissan navigation system on-board test vehicles, and simply go about their regular daily routines, commuting within the neighbourhood.
Nissan first began the basic test of the system in April 2007. By conducting a large-scaled community-based trial with real-world data-tracking, Nissan is moving beyond the initial basic testing towards a commercially-viable system.
How the system works
As a vehicle is approaching a residential city area where many blind intersections exist, the driver can be alerted of a pedestrian hidden around the corner, by voice message and screen display via the navigation system. This is possible as the information server detects data transmitted via GPS (Global Positioning System) to the cellular phone carried by the pedestrian and sends it to the vehicle navigation system, which then triggers the alert. The system assists the driver to take precautionary measures and drive more carefully, which can help to reduce pedestrian-vehicle collisions.
Scope of the pilot project
Period: November 1 to December 27
Venue: Tobio, Miharuno and Matsukagedai in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Sample: 500 pedestrians, 200 drivers
The pilot aims to achieve two objectives:
*1: Japan National Police Agency
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