International Symposium "Evaluation Method of CO2 Emission Reduction wiht ITS Applications"

METI Workshop on Energy Efficiency

22 October 2010

Tokyo, Japan

Organised and hosted by METI (Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and NEDO (Japaneses New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation), with experts from Japan, USA and Europe attending, the International Symposium of CO2 Emission Reduction with ITS Applications presented the results of national and international co-operation in the following areas:

  • Applicable ITS applications for CO2 reduction
  • Combination of traffic simulation and emission modeling
  • Usage of probe vehicles as monitoring equipment
  • Harmonization of calibration and validation methods
  • International data warehousing of benchmark datasets

The event was chaired by Dr. M. Kuwahara, Professor, University of Tokyo, and speakers included Mr. Fumio Ueda, Executive Director, NEDO and many Japanese speakers on emission models, ITS applications and reference models, traffic simulation and databases.

The speakers from U.S. were Matthew J. Barth, Professor, University of California Riverside, Dr. W.-B. Zhang, California PATH, and Mr. B. Cronin (IntelliDrive), Ms. M. Pincus (AERIS). Speakers from Europe were Dr. N.-E. El Faouzi, INRETS, France, Mr. F. op de Beek (ECOSTAND) and Mr. V. Blervaque (eCoMove).

The METI Workshop concluded with a very lively panel debate moderated by Prof. Kuwahara. The workshop paved the way for further international cooperation on harmonising impact assessment methodologies for the reduction of CO2 emissions through ITS. The main achievement of this conference was that US is now fully integrated into this work, most notably through the AERIS programme (part of IntelliDrive).

The busy day also included a demonstration of the Japanese SPOT system (formerly Smartway) which is now being introduced to motorways in Japan, starting from the Tokyo Expressway. The system builds on the success of ETC and VICS in Japan, which have respectively 40 million and 27 million users. New features and services will be introduced, including dynamic navigation and large area traffic information. Compatible equipment is already on sale in Japan. The first phase will involve installation of 1600 DSRC beacons. The demonstration also included a visit to the very impressive Tokyo Expressway traffic control center.

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