Tokyo, Japan – Nissan Motor Company has announced that it will initiate a large-scale, community-based test of its Intelligent Transport System (ITS) in Japan, integrating cellular communications with vehicle telematics to help prevent pedestrian-related crashes. Nissan first began the basic testing of the system in 2007 and with the large-scale test and real-world data tracking, is moving beyond the initial basic testing towards a commercially viable system.

The pilot project will be conducted in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture from November 1 to December 27, 2008 and represents the first and largest such experiment conducted of its kind, involving 500 pedestrians and 200 drivers. Participants will use a special cellular phone that is compatible to the Nissan navigation system in the test vehicles, and will go about their daily routines commuting within the neighbourhood.

As a vehicle approaches a residential city area where many blind intersections exist, the driver can be alerted to a pedestrian hidden around the corner by voice message and screen display via the navigation system, made by possible as the information server detects data transmitted via GPS to the cellular phone carried by the pedestrian, and sends it to the vehicle’s navigation system. The system assists the driver in taking precautionary measures which can help reduce pedestrian-vehicle collisions.

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