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NISSAN ADDRESSES TRAFFIC PROBLEMS OF THE FUTURE

 NISSAN ADDRESSES TRAFFIC PROBLEMS OF THE FUTURE
 NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan, as part of its


drive into the 21st century, is moving ahead on dissimilar approaches aimed at the same thing -- finding the most efficient way of getting from one place to another.
 Nissan recognizes that as cities and suburbs change, traffic management systems will increase in importance.
 "It is extremely important for any responsible company, especially an automaker, to look carefully at what society will be like 10, 20 or 30 years from today, and work toward transportation solutions," said Haruo Ohno, president of Nissan North America, Inc. "Highly automated mass transit systems and widespread use of electronic guidance systems are in the future."
 Nissan, the world's fourth largest automaker, is working on a wide variety of systems to ease travel in urban and suburban areas of the future.
 "It is necessary at this time to investigate and evaluate a broad spectrum of systems before identifying a strategy best suited for a particular location," said Tadahiko Fukuyama, deputy general manager of the Nissan Transportation Research Laboratory in Tokyo.
 Details of two parts of Nissan's research were presented during the 1992 annual meeting of the Intelligent Vehicle Highway Society of America, May 17-20.
 One is the Personal Vehicle System. In it, a sensor-equipped driverless vehicle navigates by keying on white lines on roadsides or guardrails. In tests around a prescribed course, the PVS has allowed vehicles to reach speeds of better than 60 kph (35 mph).
 Nissan recently completed a second phase of PVS research which identified problem areas linked to real-world applications. In the first phase, a three-year project begun in April 1987, guidance components were developed and tested.
 The second system uses a string of roadside beacons to relay traffic information to on-board vehicle computers with map displays. Beacon transmitters are being erected beside some roadways in Japan.
 This system uses a new optical fiber gyroscope which, when linked to the beacons and the on-board computer, can pinpoint a vehicle's location within 3 meters (16.5 feet).
 "It is apparent that much study needs to be done to determine which system best fits with the existing traffic patterns, mass transit system and the needs of the citizens," Ohno said.
 Nissan's North American operations include styling, engineering, manufacturing, sales consumer and corporate finance, and industrial and textile equipment. Nissan employs nearly 10,000 people in the United States and Canada and generates an additional 55,000 jobs through its 1,400 Nissan and Infiniti dealerships located across the continent.
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