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Outline of ETC 2.0

ETC 2.0

In addition to the toll payment service using ordinary ETC, ETC 2.0 offers useful information to drivers on such supports as congestion avoidance and safe driving.
In future, multipurpose use of ETC will be unfolded in downtown area such as parking fee payment entering/leaving management of vehicles and so on. There is enough possibility for developing new services in the future.

How it works

  • Information services provided on ETC 2.0 are automatically transmitted from ITS spots located on expressways to vehicles.
  • There are about 1,600 ITS spots installed throughout the nationwide expressways, and new information is sent every time a car passes by an ITS spot. There are no charges for transmission.

Note: Compatible smartphones will vary depending on the ETC 2.0 in-vehicle device. For details please refer to ETC in-vehicle device manufacturer websites.

ITS Spots

ITS Spots

Using (free) high-throughput wireless communication provided between the ITS Spots (antennas) located alongside the highways and the on-board equipment (DSRC device) in vehicle ETC 2.0 presents a variety of driving support services such as wide-area information on traffic congestion, and temporary roadway restrictions, as well as safe driving support.
ITS Spot is a name of locations where ETC 2.0 services are provided through DSRC communication ITS Spots located at rest areas of highways and Michi-no-eki (roadside rest stations) are indicated by the sign shown at the right.
More than 1600 ITS Spots have been in service on highways throughout Japan, and the more will be incorporated in newly-opened highways and toll roads.

DSRC communication

DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication) is a communication system used for Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), which makes bidirectional communication within a short distance via radio beacons on the 5.8 GHz wireless band DSRC communications is also used for the Electronic Toll Collection service of highways. Communication system for the ETC 2.0 services at ITS Spots enables high-speed, high-capacity data transmission and reception. The system also features high-level security to ensure safety of user's private information.

Compared to the existing beacons used for VICS system, ITS Spots can provide especially greater data transfer. Thus, much more traffic information (covering up to 1000 km of road length) than is available with the ordinary VICS beacons (maximum coverage of about 200 km of road length) can be presented In addition, the ITS Spot also provides support information on safe driving (e.g. real-time images and information about possible hazard that may lie ahead). (Toll payment by ETC can also be made using the same on-board equipment.)
For above reasons, newly-constructed highways opened after April 2012 have equipped with ITS Spots instead of the ordinary VICS beacons.

How it is different from VICS

  • ETC 2.0 is a part of VICS (Vehicle Information and Communication System), which is a service that provides road traffic information to car navigation systems.
  • VICS is offered via 3 types of media – FM multiplex broadcasting, optical beacon, and radio wave beacon – each of which offers information for different target roads and information.
  • Radio wave data consists of two services, a conventional radio wave beacon (using 2.4 GHz band) and ETC 2.0 (using 5.8 GHz band), however these services are scheduled for unification to ETC 2.0 on March 31, 2022 when conventional 2.4 GHz band radio wave service terminates.

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