Kashiwa ITS Smart City

Kashiwa City, where the Kashiwa ITS Promotion Council is active, is a core city with a population of approximately 430,000, centered on Kashiwa Station, where large commercial facilities are located, and Kashiwanoha Campus Station, which was established in 2005 with the opening of the Tsukuba Express train line.
In 2008, the Kashiwanoha Campus Area, which is home to academic and research institutions such as the University of Tokyo, Chiba University, and the National Cancer Center Hospital East, formulated the "Kashiwa-no-ha International Campus Town Initiative" with the aim of creating an international academic city.
Japan is currently facing a number of transportation issues, and there are high expectations for various initiatives utilizing ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) to solve these issues. Kashiwa City was selected as an "ITS Experimental Model City" in June 2009, and in February 2010, the Kashiwa ITS Promotion Council was established as a platform for government agencies, private companies, and various organizations to work together to solve local transportation issues.
The Council is promoting efforts to realize next-generation mobility, aiming to become a "low-carbon transportation city" and a "next-generation environmental city.

New Vehicles to be Used in a Demonstration Test of Automated Bus Operation on Public Roads Between Kashiwanoha Campus Station and the University of Tokyo's Kashiwa Campus

The Kashiwa ITS Promotion Council has been conducting a demonstration experiment using automated buses on a 2.6 km section between Kashiwanoha Campus Station on the Tsukuba Express and the University of Tokyo's Kashiwa Campus since November 1, 2019.


Kashiwa Traffic Safety Project

In 2013, there were 1,390 traffic accidents in Kashiwa City (about 4 accidents per day), resulting in the loss of 5 precious lives. Nationwide, since April 2012, there have been a series of fatal accidents in which motor vehicles have plowed into lines of children and other pedestrians on their way to and from elementary school, and the reduction of traffic accidents has become a wish of local residents.
In response to this, we are working to reduce traffic accidents by providing a safe driving support service for drivers using data from drive recorders.


Visualization of Damage by Simplified Road Surface Survey and its Application to Maintenance and Repair Planning

Kashiwa City has approximately 1,500 km of city roads, and the road infrastructure is only increasing as road construction and housing supply continues in conjunction with the rezoning project in the northern part of the city. Therefore, it is an urgent issue to establish an efficient road repair plan for roads, which are the social infrastructure that citizens are most in contact with, within a limited budget.
In response to this, we are conducting a project to visualize overall traffic by conducting a simple road surface survey using smart phones.