March 24, 2014 2:00 pm JST

Japan aims for a self-driving 2030

TOKYO -- Japan will seek to have all new vehicles equipped with IT-based advanced driver assistance systems by 2030.

     The target will be included in a new government strategy for promoting intelligent transport systems designed to prevent road accidents and ease traffic jams using information technology, sources told the Nikkei.

     Public-private cooperation on an integrated traffic information service is also under consideration.

     The government's IT Strategic Headquarters, headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is working on the new ITS-promotion strategy.

     A draft of the new ITS-promotion strategy will be presented to the IT Strategic Headquarters' expert panel later on Monday. A final draft is set for late May.

     Advanced driver assistance systems that allow traveling positions to be adjusted automatically and control the distance between cars have been developed.

     Automakers have commercialized technologies to prevent car collisions using cameras.

     New technologies using Global Positioning System (GPS) and telecommunications between cars or between roads and cars are anticipated.

(Nikkei)