Tokyo, Japan – Nissan Motor Company has announced a cooperative effort to research systems to help prevent crashes and furnish road information to drivers. The automaker has teamed with West Nippon Expressway (West NEXCO), which operates expressways in western Japan.

The two companies will enhance and complement existing information systems using information technology (IT) to provide road and traffic condition information to help improve safety and driving comfort on highways.

The joint project will take advantage of the widespread use and multi-functionality of cellular phones, using GPS and a detailed map database to warn drivers about a number of potentially dangerous situations and conditions, including driving the wrong way on expressway ramps, which frequently causes serious collisions. West NEXCO set up a project team in May 2008 to address the issue, which occurs frequently due to the increase in senior citizen drivers, with the goal of joint research with automakers and other companies using IT.

The IT-assisted road information system will also employ telematics to help warn drivers about unintended speed changes on ramps or long downhill stretches, to help prevent collisions and congestion.  The two companies will also undertake research to assist drivers with probe data on traffic jams, part of West NEXCO’s goal of working to help establish total road safety and comfort.

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