C-ITS and Connected Automated Driving in Japan

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ITS in Japan entered its second phase in 2014, when the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) embarked on its "ETC2.0 Project", which aimed at delivering a range of applications for vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications. These applications are being developed based on various types of Cooperative ITS (C-ITS) systems, and a number of innovations for resolving traffic issues are going to be released in Japan. Development of automated driving technology is also rapidly progressing, and automated-driving cars would be available in 2020, according to a statement made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on October 4, 2015 at an international conference on the future of science, technology and mankind. This report outlines the latest developments of C-ITS, connected and automated driving in Japan.