Tokyo, Japan – Nissan has jointly developed a wrong-way alert program in Japan that warns drivers if they are travelling the wrong way on an expressway. The company said that incidents of driving in the wrong direction occur frequently in Japan.

The program, developed with West Nippon Expressway Company, uses global positioning system (GPS) data to provide information about road and traffic conditions. The new system will be adopted with the Nissan navigation system in the new Fuga Hybrid, with other models to follow.

Using a newly-developed computer program, the navigation system determines if the vehicle is driving against the normal flow of traffic, based on such information as GPS location, map data and vehicle speed, and reports it to the driver. If the program determines the vehicle is driving in the wrong direction, the system provides audible and visual warnings to the driver.

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