ITS tech on display in Tokyo

by Masaaki Kameda

Staff Writer

The newest technologies showcasing the potential of intelligent transport systems (ITS) will be on view to the public starting Thursday as part of an ongoing conference in Tokyo.

The exhibition under the 20th ITS World Congress at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward features ideas and applications dealing with safety and traffic management as well as next-generation automobiles from more than 220 firms and institutions.

Among them is a car being developed by Nissan Motor Co. controlled by artificial intelligence that can recognize, judge and operate in the surrounding situation. It processes data provided by five cameras and five laser scanners.

“We’re planning to release vehicles like this to the market by 2020,” a staff member at the Nissan booth said.

Based on the Leaf electric car, the vehicle should contribute to zero fatalities alongside zero emissions, the two main pillars of Nissan’s research and development, the employee said.

NEC Corp.’s exhibit includes traffic control systems already in use on the Shin-Tomei Expressway, which opened in April 2012.

The system provides real-time traffic information at one-minute intervals by rapidly processing large volumes of data from sensors installed in the roadbed. The system updates its information five times faster than older systems, according to NEC.

The firm is also exhibiting a “smartphone-linked terminal” that allows drivers to use applications on an in-vehicle display through a wireless connection. The device, for Android-powered phones, is schedule to be launched in 2016, an NEC official said.

The annual exhibition runs through Friday.