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In Oita prefecture (Kyushu island) in southern Japan, NTT Com, Autobacs Seven Co Ltd, Oita Kotsu, and DoCoMo announced that they will conduct demonstration experiments in order to establish driving assistance systems that can safely drive even in fog, recognize images of surrounding vehicles, guardrails and other objects during driving, and show them on a display inside the vehicle in real time by 5G.

At present, the main means of transportation connecting Oita Airport and Oita City are high-speed buses, but dense fog is easily generated by Hinode JCT highway, which is at the midpoint, and it was a big problem in terms of traffic and tourism.

Through this demonstration experiment, the company plans to establish a driving assistance system that can safely run even on dense fog expressways.

In this demonstration, images taken while driving in dense fog were sent to the DoCoMo Open Innovation Cloud (dOIC) using 5G.

When the DoCoMo’s image recognition engine mounted on the cloud recognizes a vehicle traveling ahead and a white line and guard rail on the expressway, the result is displayed on the vehicle’s head-up display.

Driving in the foggy weather: synergy of 5G, AI, AR and cloud computing technologies help drivers to see clearly and travel safely.

This makes it possible for drivers to visually see lanes and vehicles at the front even in dense fog with obscured visibility.

Oita prefecture, NTT Com, Autobacs Seven, Oita Kotsu, and DoCoMo and others will continue to work to resolve social issues, revitalize local communities, and improve services for the residents of Oita prefecture.

Original Text: https://ampmedia.jp/2020/02/12/5g-7/