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Japan to trial Inter-Vehicle Messaging System

Japanese car maker Nissan has announced plans to test an “intelligent
transportation system” that sends wireless messages to passing cars. The
company said on Friday that it plans to include 10,000 drivers in a 30-month
experiment. Messages will be beamed optically from roadside beacons to passing
cars in the trial. Information received by an onboard computer will then be
used to alert a driver to potential danger from an approaching vehicle or inform
them of traffic congestion ahead. The test will start on 1st October 2006 on
public roads in Kanagawa, a prefecture just south of Tokyo, with the car maker
hoping to commercialise the system by 2010.

The project is seen as viable in Japan because more than 50%
of cars are already equipped with navigational gadgets such as satellite Global
Positioning System (GPS) receivers, compared with fewer than 10% in the US and
Europe.

Japanese car maker Nissan has announced plans to test an “intelligent
transportation system” that sends wireless messages to passing cars. The
company said on Friday that it plans to include 10,000 drivers in a 30-month
experiment. Messages will be beamed optically from roadside beacons to passing
cars in the trial. Information received by an onboard computer will then be
used to alert a driver to potential danger from an approaching vehicle or inform
them of traffic congestion ahead. The test will start on 1st October 2006 on
public roads in Kanagawa, a prefecture just south of Tokyo, with the car maker
hoping to commercialise the system by 2010.

The project is seen as viable in Japan because more than 50%
of cars are already equipped with navigational gadgets such as satellite Global
Positioning System (GPS) receivers, compared with fewer than 10% in the US and
Europe. The experiment will test several functions including a “vehicle
alert” which tells drivers that another vehicle is moving too fast at a
blind intersection. In this situation a voice message warns the driver. When
drivers are travelling above the speed limit a “speed alert” will
be issued. In a school zone a warning sign appears on the navigation screen
and a voice warning states: “School ahead. Watch your speed.”

The system also includes “dynamic route finder” which
informs drivers of the quickest route to their destination using data collected
from other vehicles. Drivers will be able to synchronise their cellphone with
a car’s navigation system in order to relay information about their journey
to a central command system.

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