In order to counter human errors, it is essential to take an action to alleviate the risk of accidents as early as possible while leaving the greatest margin possible. For the hazards the driver cannot see from the cockpit, it is essential to both advance vehicular safety technology and to work in coordination with infrastructure developments.
For instance, using full potential of the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) road-to-vehicle communications and vehicle-to-vehicle communications need to be consolidated in order to mitigate collisions at blind intersections and accidents that can occur when a vehicle performs a right turn.
Since 2006, Mazda has participated in the Driving Safety Support System (DSSS) development project led by the UTMS* Society of Japan and the National Police Agency. Practical testing on public roads began in Hiroshima in January 2008 and in Tokyo in February 2009.
* UTMS stands for Universal Traffic Management Systems
Mazda is a member of the Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV) Project, a cooperative effort between industry, government and academia led by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transportation (MLIT) that makes use of inter-vehicle communication. As part of the project, Mazda conducted testing on public roads in Hiroshima in 2008 and in Tokyo in 2009. Recognizing that such basic research will have applications beyond in a variety of areas and situations into the future, Mazda continues similar research and development efforts relating to the interface between roads, people and vehicles.