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New Efforts for Dissemination and Raising Awareness of the “Safety Support Car (Suppocar)” and “Safety Support Car S (Suppocar S)”

As new efforts for dissemination and raising awareness of the “Safety Support Car (Suppocar)” and “Safety Support Car S (Suppocar S),” the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) decided to distribute posters and fliers and open an exclusive portal website for Suppocar and Suppocar S. METI will convey well-organized information on related events, e.g., trial driving, on the portal website, while proactively distributing posters and fliers taking advantage of related events for the dissemination and awareness-raising efforts of these automobiles. Moreover, METI will encourage companies, associations and other entities to make use of such posters and fliers

1. Background

As part of the efforts for preventing elderly drivers from causing car accidents, in March 2017, the State Ministers and Other Officials Meeting, consisting of members from the related ministries and agencies, decided to conduct measures for dissemination and raising awareness of “automobiles with safety-driving assist functions,” i.e., automobiles with built-in automatic brake systems and acceleration control systems responding to drivers’ mistaken operation of acceleration pedals. Accordingly, these ministries and agencies determined FY2017 and 2018 as years they will be proactively involved in these measures, and in line with this, the public and private sectors are committed to such measures by uniting their efforts.

2. Posters and fliers

The government prepared posters and fliers for dissemination and awareness raising of Suppocar and Suppocar S, and disseminated them to related organizations, including automobile-related associations and driving licensing centers (see the Appendix).

Specifically, these posters and fliers explain, in simple words, the concept of these automobiles and advanced safety technologies, as well as automatic break system and acceleration control system responding to drivers’ mistaken operation of acceleration pedals.

3. Outline of the portal website

On the portal website, METI provides information contained in such posters and fliers, and also conveys integrally, well-organized information on related events, e.g., trial driving. Furthermore, digital data representing such posters, fliers, and logos for Suppocar and Suppocar S are downloadable from the website.

Release date

September 22, 2017

Division in Charge

Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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