Japan planning intelligent road systems
August 19th, 2006

Engadget reports on Japan’s taking the currently installed Vehicle Information and Communication System (VICS) to the next level.

The Driving Safety Support System being developed by the Universal Traffic Management Society of Japan, plans on utilizing two-way infrared beacons — installed about 5.5 meters above the street — to analyze real-time information about street conditions, hazards, and pedestrians who aren’t paying attention.

The beacons will reportedly beam the data to your in-car navigation system, and depending on your specific location, will be tailored to address intersections and crossroads that you are actually approaching.

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