On May 5, Toyota and Nissan carried out the public experiment called TOKYO MIRAI JUNCTION as part of the Tokyo Smart Driver project, to reduce metropolitan highway traffic accidents through communication capabilities. The aim was to eliminate metropolitan highway traffic accidents on May 5, through several activities by the support companies.
The third generation Home-Pato that was unveiled that day patrolled around during the event. The third generation Home-Pato has a white and pink color scheme, which is also the theme color of the Tokyo Smart Driver. The Home-Pato has two units: the Toyota 86 and the Mercedes-benz Smart Fortwo electric drive.
The third generation Home-Pato was unveiled in front of the press in the morning at the large bridge junction in Setagaya ward. After that, it went to Ginza. They aimed to participate in the Traffic Safety Ginza Golden Parade at the Ginza Willow Festival, which was to be held at the Nishi-Ginza Dori.
During this day, Takahiro Kudo, a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Japan (AJAJ), drove the vehicle. Akie Suzuki sat on the front passenger seat. The participation event was broadcast on FM radio through the J-Wave Holiday Specials TOKYO MIRAI JUNCTION (May 5, 9:00 to 17:00). As the program’s title reads, this FM program is one of the activities associated with the public experiment.
The parade blocked the Nishi Ginza Dori, along the KK metropolitan highway. The Brass Band and the Baton Flower team did a musical performance while on the parade. There were more than 40 participating organizations. At the roadside of Nishi-Ginza Dori, people who anticipated and waited for the parade for more than an hour, were able to finally able to witness the event.
After the ribbon-cutting with the officials, the parade started at 12:15, signaled by the police motorcycles. After the convertible vehicles where guests rode paraded, a vehicle with the police cavalry and Pipo-kun, a metropolitan police department character, followed suit. Then, it was followed by the Home-Pato and the rank advocates of Tokyo Smart Driver. The rickshaw of Kitty/Peko-chan followed, and the glamorous Azuma Odori girls responded to people’s cheers from the roadside. After that, over 20 concert bands from different categories, University, highschool, junior highschool, and working adults bands, headed by Hachioji Acedemy’s senior highschool concert band, paraded.
The Home-Pato that was left behind in the Glamorous Ginza parade headed to the capital highway and Daikoku PA. Tokiwa Yakuhin participated at the Overcome Dozing Off Instances at the Caffeine + Short Nap (10-20 minutes) event. Home-Pato arrived at Daikoku PA past 14:00. The event space of Tokiwa Yakuhin was at the parking area.
Tokiwa Yakuhin advocated the importance of a 10 to 20-minute nap and caffeine, because these decrease the chances of driving mishaps, as also mentioned in the event title. A short nap, specifically, is what is necessary because 30 minutes of nap, or more than that, drives one to a deep sleep; thus, it will be difficult to wake up. In addition, it was explained that the effect of intaking caffeine manifests about 15 minutes later. If you take a 10 to 20-minute nap after drinking caffeine, you will possibly wake up reinvigorated.
For people to actually experience this, Tokiwa Yakuhin provided a vehicle where you can actually sleep inside. It was located at a special area in Daikoku PA. This was carried out since morning for those who wanted to experience taking a nap inside the vehicle. Home-Pato’s driver Kudo drank MinMin Daha, a beverage from Tokiwa Yakuhin which contains caffeine, and took a nap for about 15 minutes.
The Home-Pato team who took a refreshing nap went to Minato Mirai area in Yokohama after. They went to the Nissan headquarters. We waited for each Omoiyari Light movement, a campaign championed by Nissan. Omoiyari Light movement is a campaign that encouraging drivers to turn on their headlights early for better visibility to prevent traffic accidents at dusk and after dark.
Although it is a Home-Pato, the vehicle is a Toyota 86. Some customers who visited Nissan’s headquarters gallery were heard asking, “Is it okay for a Toyota vehicle to drive for Nissan?” The idea to advance traffic safety is one and the same for Toyota and Nissan. The collaboration between Toyota and Nissan was made possible.
There were 11,541 cases of traffic accidents on the metropolitan highway last year. The daily average is about 31.6 cases. There were eight traffic accidents on May 5, 9:00 to 17:00, when the Home-Pato took its course with the Traffic Safety theme. The zero traffic accident was not achieved. However, there were no accidents from 13:00 until 15:00.
(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)