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Mazda announced it will start trials in October of a unique system enabling vehicles and trams to communicate with one another.
At the same time, the company will begin testing its Mazda Atenza ASV-5 (Advanced Safety Vehicle) on public roads in Japan.
Japans’s Mazda Atenza is known in the U.S. as the Mazda6.
Mazda said the system to be tested communicates using 700Mhz radio waves, allowing cars and trams to share a variety of data, including the type and location of a vehicle, the direction they’re heading, and braking and turn signal information.
The ASV-5 sedan is equipped with autonomous millimeter wave and microwave sensors as well as cameras to monitor its surroundings and keep track of pedestrians, road markings, other vehicles and, of course, trams.
The purpose of the trials is to confirm the communication system’s ability to prevent accidents.
According to Mazda, trials will be conducted on the streets of Hiroshima, where trams carry 150,000 people daily and, as in many cities around the world, represent a vital public transportation link. This technology was developed by a consortium made up of Mazda, the University of Tokyo, Hiroshima Electric Railway Co. and Japan’s National Traffic Safety and Environment Laboratory.
Mazda said these efforts mirror the spirit behind Mazda Proactive Safety, Mazda’s philosophy to minimize accident risk. It is the basis for the company’s i-ACTIVSENSE range of sensor-based active safety technology.