Intelligent transport systems (ITS) use telecommunications technology to bring together vehicles, people, and the traffic environment. ITS has potential to ease traffic congestion and to reduce the number of accidents throughout Japan. As an automotive maker, Mazda actively participates in Japan's ITS projects in cooperation with the national government and local government bodies as well as related companies and the community in order to achieve a safe automotive society for everyone.
In September 2013, demonstration tests of the Atenza (Mazda6 overseas) ASV*1-5 equipped with the advanced safety drive assist system on public roads, an industry-academia-government project, was launched.
In October, the vehicle participated in the 20th ITS World Conference Tokyo 2013,*2 and its driving performance was also demonstrated in Hiroshima as a post-Conference event.
- *1ASV: Advanced Safety Vehicle.
- *2Hosted by The Japan Organizing Committee of ITS World Congress Tokyo 2013, Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
On October 20 and 21, as the event following the ITS World Conference Tokyo 2013, demonstration tests of an advanced safety support system based on tram-to-vehicle communication was held in Hiroshima for the first time in the world.
The main purpose of the tests was to verify the effects of the system to prevent collisions and support safe and smooth driving by establishing communication between the tram and the Atenza ASV-5 equipped with an autonomous in-car sensor.
Mazda promotes joint studies among industry, academia and the government to develop a safe traffic structure in which the two forms of transportation can co-exist, making good use of their own advantages, with the aim of achieving safe collaboration between trams and vehicles.
|Smart Way||Research and preparation of next-generation road systems using ITS technology, linking people, vehicles, and roads by means of information, mainly for expressways and toll roads||Road Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism|
|DSSS (Driving Safety Support Systems)||Research and development of driving safety support systems utilizing road-vehicle communication, in which signals are transmitted between vehicles and the road infrastructure, as well as systems to enable smooth traffic flow||National Police Agency, UTMS*3|
|ASV (Advanced Safety Vehicle)||Research and development of driving safety support systems utilizing inter-vehicle communication, in which signals are transmitted between vehicles||Road Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism|
|ITS Promotion Council||Promoting verification of road-vehicle/inter-vehicle systems and development/ dissemination of driving safety support systems to solve problems in practical applications of driving safety support systems, in cooperation with relevant government authorities and industries||Cabinet Secretariat|
- *3Universal Traffic Management Society of Japan.