BEIJING –Nissan Motor Co. announced on July 21 that it has launched in Beijing a car navigation system, which provides real-time road traffic information for drivers, according to a report in Jiji Press.
The car navigation system, co-developed with Beijing Transportation Information Center (BTIC), shows drivers the quickest routes to destinations that avoid congested roads using the center’s traffic probe data collected from 13,000 taxis in the capital city.
As estimated, when 30 percent of the vehicles in Beijing are equipped with such navigation system, the average commute time would be reduced by 16 percent and CO2 emissions would be cut by up to 27 percent, according to Nissan executive officer Shunichi Toyomasu.
This is the first commercial application of their “Star Wings” project aimed at easing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution in Beijing. Nissan and BTIC jointly announced in July last year that they had co-developed “Star Wings” – an innovative prototype navigation system based on the concept of an intelligent transportation system (ITS). The system allows vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to ease traffic congestion.
Ahead of the summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Nissan has equipped new navigation system in its high-end Teana sedans which has just hit the market since June. Nissan and BTIC will install its portable models on 200 taxis in Beijing and on Olympic staff vehicles and monitor the usage of traffic information for two months.
Nissan and BTIC will also study the potential to expand the ITS to other cities in China.