Mazda will begin testing the Mazda Atenza ASV-5 on public roads starting this September. The vehicle will be used to test a driving safety support system equipped with an intelligent transport system developed by industrial, academic and government organizations.
The car will take part in the 20th ITS World Congress Tokyo 2013 that will span from October 14 to October 18. The event suits the Mazda development as it primarily exhibits advanced safety technologies. Aside from the said conference, there will also be a number of showcase demonstrations including one in Hiroshima happening from October 20 to 21. This will introduce the world’s first safety system that utilizes streetcar-to-vehicle communication technology.
Streetcars are used by approximately 150,000 people daily and have been an essential component of the public transportation system in Hiroshima. The new safety system allows communication between streetcars and automobiles via an autonomous sensor. The goal of the system is to prevent collisions and support smooth and safe driving.
The Hiroshima ITS Research Unit develops and tests the system with sponsorship coming from the Hiroshima ITS Public Road Test Consortium. It is comprised of the University of Tokyo, Mazda Motor Corporation, Hiroshima Electric Railway Co., Ltd. And National Traffic Safety and Environment Laboratory.
With reemerging interests in streetcars globally, researchers use the premise to improve technology to reduce the environmental impact of private automobiles. In this light, the experiment advances collaborative research aimed at establishing a safe transportation system that optimizes both rail and vehicular transport.