The Smart Cruise 21 Demo 2000 started on Tuesday (28/11/00) in Tsukuba city in Ibaragi prefecture, reports Japan Automobile News (JAN).

The demonstrations, organised by The Transport Ministry and Construction Ministry, include next-generation automated vehicle cruise control systems combining ASV and AHS.

The Construction Ministry has been developing AHS, which sends information about road conditions to drivers, and the Transport Ministry has been working on the development of ASV that warns drivers of obstacles by calculating distance and speed.

Thirteen auto and motorcycle manufacturers are participating in the demonstrations and DaimlerChrysler and Hyundai Motor have shipped in no fewer than 38 test vehicles between them.

The demonstration will be held until December 1 and about 2,000 people from automakers and ITS related manufacturers all over the world are expected to join the 'demo'.