Smartway

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Smartway
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Type: Field operational test
Tested system/service: Autonomous Systems
Countries: Japan  ? test users
29 partners 40 vehicles
Active from 04/2004 to 2010
Contact
http://www.nilim.go.jp
Hiroshi Makino
makino-h87bh@nilim.go.jp
National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILIM)
Japan
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Smartway is a next generation road system that incorporates existing services such as Vehicle Information and Communication System (VICS) and Electronic Toll Collection System (ETC), as well as various other services using advanced ITS technology.

In response to the policy presented in the recommmendation "ITS in the Second Stage - Smart Mobility for All" by the Smartway Project Advisory Group in August 2004, which prompted the realization of a full-scale adoption of ITS by 2007, a government-private sector joint research project in collaboration with 23 private businesses examined from February 2005 to March 2006 on-board units and roadside equipment. The aim was to produce technical reports required for formulating standards and specifications.

As part of this joint research, "Smartway Open Field Test Demo 2006" was implemented for 3 days in February 2006. Through "Demo 2006", which was held at the test course (about 6km) at the NILIM, about 1,000 people tried out three new services that had been discussed in the joint research: 1) Information Provision Services along Roadways, 2) Information connection Services such as Roadside Rest Areas and 3) Public Parking lot Settlement Services.

In FY2006, the formulation of standards and specifications for ITS on-board units and road-side equipment for 5.8GHz-DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication) was completed, and implementation began on the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway. Based on this, public- roadway-based demonstration tests on various systems for the provision of next generation road services were carried out from May to December 2007.

In the on-road tests Smartway 2007, held to verify the system function (of roadside and on-board unit) and the effectiveness and acceptability of the services under actual road conditions, an infrastructure for the provision of new public services as well as existing VCIS and ETC was installed on the Metropolitan Expressway. As for the on-board units, an ITS on-board unit linked to the car navigation system that provides information throug audio and images, and a stand-alone ITS on-board unit that provides information through audio alone were developed. In addition, an in-vehicle environment that enables access to all services via a single on-board unit was realised. The on-road tests were participated in by 11 automakers and 19 manufacturers of on-board units. The system function and performance, as well as its effectiveness and acceptance by drivers were verified using 40 test vehicles that made a combined 2,522 test runs (as of December 2007). Nationwide deployment, primarily at locations of frequent traffic accidents took place in 2010.

In January 2010, based on the results to that point, NILIM published “Technical Specification for the Spot Communications Services (DSRC Services)” concerning roadside units, the Center’s devices, interfaces between devices, and so on. Developing ITS Spots In line with these trials and publication of specifications, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism gradually installed roadside equipment (ITS Spots) in about 1,600 locations in FY2010, mainly on expressways throughout Japan. In advance of this, from autumn 2009 private manufacturers started marketing car navigation systems corresponding to ITS Spots that can use services provided by ITS Spots.

Between January and March 2011, the provision of the following basic services and Internet connection services (available with some models only) started nationwide. The collection of probe data also started.

  • Dynamic route guidance: A service using new high-speed, large-capacity road-vehicle communications to distribute wide-area road traffic information exceeding prefectural boundaries (maximum about 1,000km in extended road length) in real time, enabling car navigation systems to choose the optimum route.
  • Assisting safe driving: A service providing caution in emergencies, using ITS Spots that provide road traffic information in normal circumstances. The service can alert drivers by notifying them not only of fallen obstacles ahead but also traffic jams beyond curves, in other words, at blind spots on the road ahead, preventing them from being startled, causing accidents.

Details of Field Operational Test

Start date and duration of FOT execution

Start: 14 May 2007

Geographical Coverage

The geographical coverage of the Smartway project is Japan.

  • Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe
    • Meishin Expressway and New Meishin Expressway
    • Hanshin Expressway
  • Hiroshima
    • Sanyo Expressway
  • Niigata
    • Kan-Etsu Expressway
  • Tokyo
    • Metropolitan Expressway
  • Aichi
    • Nagoya Expressway
    • National Highway 153
    • Tokai-Kanjo Expressway

Link with other related Field Operational Tests

Objectives

  • Gain the ability to use diverse services with a single car mounted device (ITS on-board unit) in 2007
  • Construct a seamless information environment outside as well as inside cars by linking with portabel terminals carried by pedestrians and home personal computers
  • Early start of services by encouraging research and development of warning and vehicle control systems to guarantee safety by road/vehicle coordination

Results

  • With safety-related services (providing information on obstacles ahead, merging assistance, and map-linked service), it was confirmed through the analysis of vehicle operation data that vehicle behavior became safer.
  • In a questionnaire survey by general monitors, most respondents found the services to be effective; and there were no negative reactions, confirming the safety of the services.

In January 2010, based on the results to that point, NILIM published “Technical Specification for the Spot Communications Services (DSRC Services)” concerning roadside units, the Center’s devices, interfaces between devices, and so on. Developing ITS Spots In line with these trials and publication of specifications, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism gradually installed roadside equipment (ITS Spots) in about 1,600 locations in FY2010, mainly on expressways throughout Japan. In advance of this, from autumn 2009 private manufacturers started marketing car navigation systems corresponding to ITS Spots that can use services provided by ITS Spots.

Between January and March 2011, the provision of the following basic services and Internet connection services (available with some models only) started nationwide. The collection of probe data also started.

  • Dynamic route guidance: A service using new high-speed, large-capacity road-vehicle communications to distribute wide-area road traffic information exceeding prefectural boundaries (maximum about 1,000km in extended road length) in real time, enabling car navigation systems to choose the optimum route.
  • Assisting safe driving: A service providing caution in emergencies, using ITS Spots that provide road traffic information in normal circumstances. The service can alert drivers by notifying them not only of fallen obstacles ahead but also traffic jams beyond curves, in other words, at blind spots on the road ahead, preventing them from being startled, causing accidents.

Lessons learned

  • Approximately 60 % of participants wish to purchase ITS-On-Board-Unit.
  • However, only 8 % of them answered that they will do so right after the commercialization.
  • Majority of them think that they will do so when they replace their car.
  • Those who did not wish to purchase answered that they would do so if the On-Board-Unit is enough cheap and location of service is enough extended.

Main events

2011.10.19 18th ITS World Congress / Paper: Research for Practical Use of Smartway and Deployment of ITS Spot Services - The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has been conducting research and development of “Smartway”, which allow various types of information to be exchanged between cars, drivers, pedestrians, and other users. ITS Spots (DSRC antennas) will be installed at more than 1,600 locations nationwide by the end of March 2011 and ITS Spot services will commence operating throughout Japan. This paper outlines the research and development on Smartway conducted by MLIT, shows some examples of ITS Spot services, and reports on undergoing research and development on interactive information service.

2007.10.14-17 Smartway 2007 Demo - This demonstration provided an opportunity for the participants to experience the actual service using the equipment utilized in the on-road tests, together with an exhibit of the equipment and systems and symposium. About 640 members of the public were given the opportunity to test-drive system-equipped vehicles on actual roads.

2006.02.22-24 Smartway Field Test Demo - Through "Demo 2006", which was held at the test course (about 6km) at the NILIM, about 1,000 people tried out three new services that had been discussed in the joint research: 1) Information Provision Services along Roadways, 2) Information connection Services such as Roadside Rest Areas and 3) Public Parking lot Settlement Services. This Open Field Test, which was conducted as part of building the system of providing next generation road services, showed that the technology of DSCR-based system applied to ETC is at practical level and highly useful.

Financing

Summary, type of funding and budget

Cooperation partners and contact persons

Applications and equipment

Applications tested

Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC), Vehicle Information and Communication System (VICS), Electronic Toll Collection System (ETC) (Merging Assistance, Providing Information on Obstacles Ahead, Parking Lot Payment)

Vehicle

Equipment carried by test users

Infrastructure

Test equipment

Methodology

Pre-simulation / Piloting of the FOT

Method for the baseline

Techniques for measurement and data collection

Recruitment goals and methods

Methods for the liaison with the drivers during the FOT execution

Methods for data analysis, evaluation, synthesis and conclusions

Sources of information

http://www.nilim.go.jp
http://www.mlit.go.jp

Facts about "Smartway"
CompanyNational Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILIM) +
ContactHiroshi Makino +
CountryJapan +
Ended2010 +
Is type ofField operational test +
NameSmartway +
Number of partners29 +
Number of vehicles40 +
StartedApril 2004 +
Tested system or serviceAutonomous Systems +
Websitehttp://www.nilim.go.jp +
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