APN, 15th October 2005.
ITS Nissan aims to use telematics and
intelligent transport system (ITS) technologies to make
driving safer, more comfortable and easier on the
Future enhancements of Nissan’s
CARWINGS telematics services will make driving more
convenient and comfortable. New human-machine interfaces (HMI)
will make driving safer and easier in all conditions.
Technologies under development will facilitate
collaborative interaction between vehicles and road
CARWINGS provides a host of
helpful services such as fastest route calculations based
on statistical traffic data, real-time traffic updates,
weather reports and news. The system supports e-mail
notification of the driver’s present location, live
operator assistance for destination searches and
navigation system questions and emergency roadside
assistance services, among other services. The current
CARWINGS system also provides seamless communication
through the use of a Bluetooth(R) -enabled mobile phone.
(Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth
dash-mounted infrared (IR) commander
allows drivers to operate the navigation
system and audio system without taking an
eye off the road or fumbling around for
Pivo concept car).
Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI)
Advanced human-machine interfaces have potential to make
driving safer, easier and more pleasurable. Nissan’s
recent efforts have centered on putting relevant
information within the driver’s line of sight and
correctly positioned for optimum visibility. Control
switches are ergonomically positioned near the driver for
easier operation. While continuing these innovative
measures, Nissan is working to advance HMI technologies
further to achieve user interfaces that can easily be
understood at a glance and are simple to operate even
Nissan's near-future HMI concepts are featured in the
Foria and the Amenio, while ideas envisioned for possible
application further into the future are incorporated in
Kanagawa ITS Technology Project [SKY PROJECT] In
the second half of 2006, Nissan plans to launch a project
in Kanagawa Prefecture (near Tokyo) that will use
intelligent transport system (ITS) technologies to reduce
both traffic accidents and congestion. Based on the
results of this initiative, Nissan aims to move toward
commercial applications by the end of 2007.
The project will focus on three
•Road-vehicle communication technology to warn drivers
of accident risks at intersections.
•Warning systems to advise drivers to reduce speed in
school zones and other high-risk areas.
•Dynamic route guidance using real-time traffic volume
data to reduce traffic congestion and provide fastest
One CARWINGS service, already available
in Japan, helps drivers avoid congestion using both
historical and real-time traffic data from the Vehicle
Information and Communication System (VICS).
The Kanagawa project will go several
steps further by accessing real-time data from the vehicle’s
immediate vicinity, such as through roadside sensors.
Partners in the project include NTT
DoCoMo Inc., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and
Xanavi Informatics Corporation.
Road infrastructure data resources will
be developed in collaboration with member companies of the
Universal Traffic Management Society (UTMS) of Japan and
the cooperation of the National Police Agency and the
Kanagawa Prefectural Police Headquarters.