Asia News: Nissan to test ITS using cell-phones

Asia News:  Nissan to test ITS using cell-phones

Nissan Motor Co is developing an advanced Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) using cellular communications to help reduce accidents involving pedestrians.

Nissan is also conducting research on pedestrian-related communication involving the transmission of pedestrian position data to vehicles via GPS.

Nissan’s advanced ITS will employ the next 3G cellular communications system, launched this April, where the GPS function is used as the basis to provide location information of the cellular phone.

In this system, location data transmitted from the pedestrian’s cellular phone and vehicle is fed to the ITS to allow the system to determine the corresponding positions between the pedestrian and the vehicle. A pedestrian alert will appear onboard the vehicle to warn the driver, helping to reduce road accidents particularly in a blind-spot situation.

Nissan is studying what type of pedestrian data is most relevant to help prevent accidents. The research will investigate a variety of factors influencing the pedestrian-vehicle’s relative positions, such as the directions in which pedestrians and the vehicle are moving, and the corresponding speeds and distances between them.

Various driver alerts, such as visual warnings or audible alarms, are also under study.

Nissan is studying and developing the ITS with technical collaboration from NTT DoCoMo on cellular communications technology.

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