Mazda Advanced Safety Vehicle
Mazda Advanced Safety Vehicle. Click image to enlarge

Hiroshima, Japan – Mazda Motor Corporation has announced it will begin public road trials of its advanced safety vehicle, the ASV-4, in Hiroshima on March 11. The trials are based on the Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV) Promotion Plan introduced by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation to promote the development, practical application and wider use of ASV technologies to reduce the number of traffic collisions.

During the ASV Project’s Phase Four trials, Mazda will continue with the development of a safe driving support system that employs vehicle-to-vehicle communications. The system alerts drivers to oncoming vehicles at blind intersections or on twisting roads with limited visibility.

Mazda’s test results from the first three phases have resulted in the successful development of various advanced safety technologies, including a rear vehicle monitoring system that detects vehicles approaching from behind at highway speeds, and a pre-crash system that uses radar to monitor for oncoming obstacles, then alerts the driver and automatically applies the brakes if necessary.

In January 2008, Mazda began trials to validate a new Intelligent Transport System (ITS) as part of a consortium of local government, academia and industry in the Hiroshima area. The system consists of safe driving support technologies that link sensors installed along roadways to vehicles. By conducting the ASV public road trials in the same area as the ITS experiments, Mazda intends to evaluate the compatibility of the road-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems.

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