There are a lot of promising technologies and solutions out there that can make road traffic safer and more comfortable for all participants. And while they are strong individually, usually they can only unfold their full potential when combined with and connected to other solutions. But how can one bring them together? This is the main focus of Japanese cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) focused on Automated Driving for Universal Systems (SIP-adus).
Fellow OADF member SIP-adus is a research project supported by the Japanese government. The program promotes research and joint collaborations across the industry, academia and government insitutions to make the next generation of intelligent transport a reality. The goal is to reduce accidents and traffic congestions, implement the early deployment of automated driving systems, and transform automated public transport to meet the needs of elderly and disabled passengers.
The project was initiated in 2014 with research and development on specific topics related to automated driving, focusing on establishing a static information infrastructure. It is now in its second phase, addressing integration into five key fields:
The second phase saw the roll-out of operational field tests on a large scale to identify and evaluate issues, focus on the deployment and drive social acceptance. One of these projects, conducted in the Tokyo waterfront area on general roads and parts of the Metropolitan Expressway, includes providing traffic signal information to vehicles, merging assistance on the main lane of the highway and a public transport system with self-driving buses in mixed traffic. These tests are open to global entities and so far, more than 20 entities have participated.Back to news →