Toyota Opens Intelligent Transport System Test Site in Japan
3.5-Hectare Site Features 700 MHz Band Road-to-Vehicle Communications
Toyota City, Japan, Nov 12, 2012 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation
(TMC) today began full-scale operations at its ITS Proving Ground, a new test
site - within the grounds of the Higashi-Fuji Technical Center in Susono City,
Shizuoka Prefecture - established with the aim of reducing traffic accidents
through Intelligent Transport System (ITS) technology.
The new 3.5-hectare ITS Proving Ground simulates an urban environment with
faithfully replicated roads and traffic signals. The site is equipped with a
road-to-vehicle communications system consisting of a vehicle detection system,
a pedestrian detection system, a course monitoring system, traffic signals and
The communications system runs on the 700 MHz band, which was allocated for
ITS by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in December 2011.
The 700 MHz band is easily diffracted and reception over wide areas is
possible, making it effective for communications with vehicles at intersections
and other locations with poor visibility.
With the start of full-scale operations at the ITS Proving Ground, TMC will
accelerate its research and development of environmental systems designed to
improve fuel efficiency as well as safe driving support systems that seek to
prevent accidents involving pedestrians and other vehicles in urban areas and
TMC is also conducting research and development on next-generation
vehicle-infrastructure cooperative systems that support safe driving(1) and
that have been designed to prevent accidents involving pedestrians and other
vehicles at intersections with poor visibility through the continuous exchange
of road-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-vehicle and pedestrian-to-vehicle information.
At the special-purpose ITS Proving Ground, TMC will work toward the early
practical adoption of evermore reliable systems by repeatedly conducting
testing and evaluations that can be difficult to perform on public roads with
changing road environments.
TMC considers the elimination of traffic fatalities and injuries the ultimate
goal of a society that values mobility, and is therefore conducting research
and development on individual onboard safety devices and systems based on its
Integrated Safety Management Concept(2), an approach that gives direction to
safety technology and vehicle development. TMC is pressing forward with the
development of safer vehicles and technologies and is intensifying its
wide-ranging traffic-safety initiatives by participating in the development of
safer traffic environments and promoting traffic safety education.
(1) A type of Intelligent Transport System that supports safe driving and
prevents accidents by wirelessly receiving information from communications
infrastructure and from other vehicles to notify the driver about traffic
conditions and objects beyond his or her view
(2) An approach to optimal driver support in all stages through integration
rather than considering each onboard safety technology and system individually.
Supported by people around the world, Toyota Motor Corporation (TSE: 7203;
NYSE: TM), has endeavored since its establishment in 1937 to serve society by
creating better products. As of the end of March 2012, Toyota conducts its
business worldwide with 50 overseas manufacturing companies in 27 countries and
regions. Toyota's vehicles are sold in more than 160 countries and
regions. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.
Toyota Motor Corporation
Corporate Communications Department
Public Affairs Division
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