This paper describes the necessary capabilities for improving mutual safety and the technical elements required to achieve these capabilities. It also introduces technical issues that need to be addressed, and prospects for further developments in relevant electronic technologies. It first reviews some trends in Japanese road accident and fatality statistics. The Mutual Safety Concept is based on a human's instinctive ability to sense and avoid danger. This ability is impaired when people drive cars, but this instinctive function should be built into cars as a form of intelligent technology. More specifically, the following abilities have been investigated as technological elements for use in cars: (1) sensing danger; (2) communicating with other transport elements; and (3) adapting to changing road environment and traffic conditions. The corresponding technologies to achieve these abilities include: (1) radar systems, road condition detectors, image processing technology; (2) intelligent navigation systems; and (3) autonomous safety infrastructure. For the covering abstract see IRRD 867146.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 95-102

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  • Accession Number: 00671184
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: TRL
  • ISBN: 1-56091-267-7
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 24 1995 12:00AM