Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Carmakers To Unveil New Safety Tech At Expo
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Automakers are lining up to show off new developments in intelligent transport systems, which exploit information technology to make travel by car safer and easier, at the ITS World Congress next week.
Honda Motor Co. (7267) said Tuesday that it will exhibit a car with some self-driving functionality, based on the new Accord and Fit. The vehicle automatically detects and stops for pedestrians via a mounted camera and communications with software built into smartphones.
- Mazda's system prevents collisions with streetcars.
It can also use image data from surveillance cameras at parking lots to independently find and take an open space. Since this function requires no special camera or sensors for the vehicle itself, it can be rolled out at low cost, according to Honda. The automaker expects it to find use in such places as shopping centers with large parking lots.
Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) will introduce a safety system that combines car-mounted equipment with sensors built directly into the road. Mazda Motor Corp. (7261) will announce the results of a Hiroshima test of a system for preventing collisions between automobiles and streetcars.
Japan leads the pack in ITS infrastructure. So-called ITS spots, which communicate with vehicles, are installed in 1,600 locations. Development is expected in emerging markets to help ease traffic congestion, leading Japanese automakers to actively develop related technologies.
The ITS World Congress will stage its opening ceremony Monday, then hold exhibitions and sessions from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18 at Tokyo Big Sight. More than 60 countries plan to participate, with about 8,000 attendees expected.
Legal and infrastructure development are important for implementing ITS, making public-private cooperation a must. Government officials from both inside and outside Japan are to take part in discussions alongside players in the auto industry.
(The Nikkei, Oct. 9 morning edition)