Yokohama, Japan – Nissan will experiment with sending drivers on quick routes and giving them information on their fuel use in a large-scale test project in China starting in January.

The automaker has partnered with the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport on the New Traffic Information System Model Project, which will verify the effects of traffic dispersion by dynamic route guidance with IT devices.

In the test, portable navigation devices will be distributed to about 12,000 people who applied to participate. The system will provide dynamic route guidance, which uses real-time traffic information to provide the shortest routes, and eco-drive support, which will show drivers their fuel use and also compare it to that of others in the project. The drivers will use the devices for about eight months while they go about their daily lives in their vehicles.

Using simulations, researchers have estimated that traffic dispersion can be clearly expected with a 10 per cent adoption rate of the IT device. The real-world test is intended to measure and verify the accuracy of the simulation.

The study will also monitor energy and CO2 reduction resulting from the guidance and eco-drive support, using data recording devices that are installed in the vehicles of about 600 Nissan drivers living in Beijing City who applied to participate in the study.

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