Nissan and Beijing administration join forces to ease commute image

The Japanese company, alongside the Chinese capital jointly developed a real-time traffic information system that provides motorists the fastest route to their destinations, based on road conditions provided by the city’s traffic information center.

The suggested shortcuts are delivered through a dashboard-mounted device similar to a global positioning system. This new system should help ease the commute on a city voted in the past as the one with the world’s most onerous commute.

“We’re still exploring ways on how to commercialize the devices,” Tetsuo Hasegawa, Nissan’s global manager for environmental and safety technologies, said in a briefing in Beijing today.

Projections by the company show a 10 percent increase in average vehicle speeds from using the system and a corresponding drop in energy consumption and carbon emissions if the same proportion of vehicles use the system, the automaker said in a release.

China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities, according to a 2012 report by the Asian Development Bank. Air quality in Beijing reached hazardous levels for 20 days in January, according to U.S. Embassy readings, sparking public calls for government action.

Via Bloomberg