June 11, 2007

Mazda to participate in Intelligent Transport System testing in Japan

Hiroshima, Japan – Mazda Motor Corporation has announced it will take part in public road trials of a new Intelligent Transport System (ITS). The trials will be held in the Hiroshima area in the fall of 2007.

ITS uses telecommunications to create an information network encompassing people, roads and vehicles, and provides solutions for transport problems such as crashes, congestion and environmental damage. Mazda’s role in the trials will be to develop an in-car navigation system that supports the ITS, along with several dozen test vehicles from which data will be collected and analyzed. The company is also developing a support system, consisting of an arrangement of cameras and sensors placed along roads to transmit information to drivers, to be compatible with the ITS infrastructure.

Mazda will participate in the public road tests as part of a consortium of local government, academia and industry in the Hiroshima area; the consortium was formed during last year’s Hiroshima Conference on ITS Validation on Public Roads. The Hiroshima area was chosen for its numerous arched bridges, which have dangerous blind summits; roads that accommodate both trams and motor vehicles; and lowlands and mountain regions situated close together, which can create unexpected variations in weather and road surface conditions. The equipment to be tested includes a system to identify the extent of road congestion; a warning system to prevent speeding; a system to prevent rear-end collisions at traffic signals; a head-on collision prevention support system; a right-turn collision-prevention system; and an in-transit information system.

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