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Meeting in Nagoya, Japan - 20 October 2004
Review of Global eSafety Recommendations
The Working Group for Intercontinental Cooperation had the meeting in Nagoya in relation to the ITS World Congress, despite the fact that Typhoon Tokage hit Nagoya at the time of the meeting.
Mr Sampson from the UK DoT presented the modified Global List of Recommendations for eSafety, which took into consideration the US and Japanese comments discussed in Parma in June, plus additional inputs.
Mr Jaaskelainen from the Commission presented an update on European eSafety activities. The Commission is preparing a second eSafety Communication focusing on Member States’ Actions and priorities as well as a plan to sustain the eSafety Forum and Steering Committee for another two-year period.
News from Japan
AHSRA: Mr Yamauchi presented the results from the field operational tests from seven “black spots” in Japan. For example, the obstacle warning system in Maitani curve resulted 45% reduction in accidents.
MLIT: Mr Makino, National Institute of Land and Infrastructure Management at MLIT made a presentation of the Smartway for All. This "Second Stage" of ITS, with a goal of universal use by 2007, enjoys strong industry support. It will build on the success of the 9.2 million VICS systems, 3.8 million ETC units and 14.5 million Navigation Systems now in operation in Japan. The Smartway committee demonstrated 5.8 GHz Roadside beacons and standardised OBU’s at the ITS Congress.
Mr Makino also presented the current status of the work in Advanced Highway Systems (AHS) in Japan. Although the number of fatalities is going down, the number of accidents is increasing. 75% of accidents are caused by human error. Another interesting result is that over 60% of accidents are not reported. The target of the next generation Traffic Safety Systems based on Vehicle Highway Coordination is to give support to the driver at all stages: Information, Warning and Operational Support.
Prof Kawashima noted that inputting data to IHRA (International Harmonised Research Association) was an issue. He also suggested a common testing platform for HMI and said that he would pursue direct contacts with the HUMANIST project.
News from USA
Mr Resendes summarised the status of reports/ dates for the current IVI programme.
Rear-end Collision Warning: finishes end 2004. Road Departure Warning System: Still ongoing, and will finish June 2005. Naturalistic Driving Study: Ongoing until June 2005. Electronic Braking for Trucks: just starting. The Final Report of the IVI program will be presented in San Francisco at the ITS World Congress in November 2005, together with demonstrations.
The new Programme started in 2004, with nine priorities - of which three address eSafety (Intersection Collision Avoidance, Integrated Vehicle Safety Systems and Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII).
The US-VII program is the largest, and includes partners from US-DOT, AASHTO and the vehicle makers. Over 110 Use Cases have been identified and technical studies on the use of DSRC at 5.9 GHz have gotten underway. Other work items will include preliminary architecture and business models. A major milestone will be the decision in 2008 to proceed. The first VII Workshop will be in San Francisco on 9 February 2005.
Mr Bishop stated that a valuable exchange took place at the International Task Force on Vehicle-Highway Cooperation, in Nagoya, on 14-16 Oct 2004. He added that the American Trucking Council has established an Active Safety Task Force, and will report at the 2005 ITS World Congress. Mr Narajian said that work had also been started on next-generation 911, similar to eCall. This was a NTHSA initiative.
eSafety at the ITS World Congress, Nagoya, Japan - 18-22 October 2004
ITS Japan created an impressive stand showing how ITS and eSafety applications work in a demo city created for the purpose. The stand took visitors through a presentation of the city of today and tomorrow, and guided tours featured full-scale demonstrations of ITS applications - including ADAS, eCall, parking guidance, EFC, city logistics, and bus priority systems.
Spectacular presentations of this scale attracted the attention of the public who could get an impression of how their future car will be equipped with technologies.
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