Built-in driver assistance features will be integrated with connected vehicle technologies for safety and efficiency. Evolutionary process will continue toward higher level of automated driving. Experts from Europe, Americas, and Asia-Pacific will share progress of related projects and discuss technical and non-technical challenges for deployment. Scope of the discussion will include technologies, human factors, legal issues, and integrated applications of automated driving technologies, such as reduction of traffic injuries and next generation transportation services.
Japanese government initiated a research project on automated driving systems under Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP). Details of research plan will be unveiled during the workshop.


Program Time Schedule

  Tuesday, October 27 Wednesday, October 28
  Welcome Welcome
AM 09:00-10:00 Opening Session 09:00-10:30 Human Factors
10:15-11:45 Dynamic Map 11:00-12:30 Next Generation Transport
PM 13:00-14:30 Connected Vehicles  
14:45-16:15 Security  
16:30-18:00 Impact Assessment  
18:00-19:30 Reception

Opening Session 9:00-10:00, Tuesday, October 27

Session: Dynamic Map 10:15-11:45, Tuesday, October 27

Dynamic and integrated database of road network and surroundings

Digital map database with layered structure built on graph network representation of road will be expanded to include much detailed description of road structure and surrounding environment. The database will be dynamically linked to real-time data from integrated sensing system on board the vehicle and semi-real-time data from VtoX communications. Such a database will only be developed and maintained under collaboration across the industry sectors and public agencies.

Session: Connected Vehicles 13:00-14:30, Tuesday, October 27

Perception of driving environment through communication

As the level of automation becomes higher, larger range of observation of driving environment becomes necessary. Deployment of connected vehicle technology will give advantages to automated driving systems. Proximity will be sensed by integrated sensors onboard the vehicle. Physically shielded vehicles will notify each other by VtoV communication. Beyond the horizon of sensing systems, VtoI communication will provide the automated vehicles with additional information.

Session: Security (New) 14:45-16:15, Tuesday, October 27

Cyber security for communication systems and sensor/controller systems for a vehicle

A connected car is the car that has become capable of providing various services, which enhance its convenience and safety, by utilizing Cellular/Wi-Fi communication and V2X communication. Also, it uses on-board communication networks such as CAN, LIN and Ethernet. At the same time, however, there is a risk of being exposed to cyber-attacks.
Cybersecurity measures will have to continue to be reinforced to keep security in the future.
Therefore, it is essential to share information and promote collaboration among industries and government across the conventional boundaries between sectors.

Session: Impact Assessment 16:30-18:00, Tuesday, October 27

Contribution of automated driving technologies for safety, efficiency and mobility

Enhanced safety is the highest priority objective for vehicle automation. However, automated vehicle technology is only a part of measures to avoid traffic accidents. Field research of vehicle crash, modeling vehicle behavior, and evaluation of variety of measures are foundation to take most effective approach with new technologies. The same is true for efficiency and mobility.

Session: Human Factors 9:00-10:30, Wednesday, October 28

Sharing roles between driver and vehicle system

Level of automation will shift from one level to another depending on the driving environment and driver’s condition along the trip. It is important to design automated vehicle system to effectively communicate with the driver so that situation awareness of the driver is maintained and transient between the levels of automation is properly performed.

Session: Next Generation Transport 11:00-12:30, Wednesday, October 28

Next generation transportation systems with automated driving technologies

In central district of large cities with high-density travel demand, pedestrian-centered multimodal transportation network is anticipated for efficient and sustainable mobility. Innovative transit system with automated driving technologies and on-demand operation will reduce travel time with comfort for passengers and enhance efficiency for operators. On the other hand, small sized vehicles with enhanced driver assistance for personal use are also anticipated to provide aged or handicapped users with the level of mobility, which encourages those people to actively engage in social activities.


Cross-Ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program, Council for Science,
Technology and Innovation,
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan