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Safety Initiatives

Initiatives in Roads and Infrastructure

Initiatives in Roads and Infrastructure


Initiatives toward Realizing a Safe Automotive Society with ITS (in Japan)

ITS Demonstration Tests on Public Roads in Hiroshima Region
ITS Demonstration Tests on Public Roads in Hiroshima Region

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.

As the ITS Spot services system has been increasingly made available mainly on expressways, Mazda and other automakers are working together with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to promote widespread use of the system. Also, accessories for the DSRC-compatible road-to-vehicle communication system in Mazda vehicles were set up. Moreover, it was decided that a demonstration event for the tram-to-vehicle communication ASV would be held in Hiroshima in Oct. 2013.

ITS Projects Mazda Participates
Project Description Organizer
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*1
ASV(Advanced Safety Vehicle) Research and development of driving safety support systems utilizing inter-vehicle communication, in which signals are transmitted between vehicles Road Transport 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
  • *1 Universal Traffic Management Society of Japan

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