, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 359-367

Agent-based Drivers’ Information Assistance System

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“Drivers’ Information Assistance System (DIA system)” is an ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) application framework that provides agent-based information assistance to drivers through car navigation systems or on-board PCs.

DIA system enables flexible information retrieval over the Internet using intelligent mobile agent, and incorporates a high-speed event delivery facility that makes real-time information service possible. The goal of the system is to provide up to the minute information and services related to driver needs, such as parking lot vacancy information. Crucial to making this a practical operation is the agent-based ability to access the network while the vehicle is in motion.

Masanori Hattori: He is a research engineer in the Computer & Network Systems Laboratory, Corporate Research & Development Center, Toshiba Corporation. His research interests are network computing, human interface, and agent technologies especially in mobile agents, intelligent agents, and physical agents. He received the B.E. and M.E. from the Kyushu University.
Naoki Kase: He received the M.S. in computer science from the Keio University, Japan. His research interests are mobile agent and its applications. He has developed an intelligent mobile agent system and its applications on ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) field.
Akihiko Ohsuga, Dr. Eng.: He is a senior research scientist at the Computer & Network Systems Laboratory in Toshiba Corporation. Dr. Ohsuga received a B.S. degree in mathematics from Sophia University in 1981 and a Dr. Eng. degree in electrical engineering from Waseda University in 1995. He joined Toshiba Corporation in 1981, worked with the ICOT (institute for New Generation Computer Technology) involved in the Fifth Generation Computer System project from 1985 to 1989. His research interests include agent technologies, formal specification & verification, and automated theorem proving.
Shinichi Honiden, Dr.Eng.: He is a chief specialist of Government Division, Toshiba Corporation. He received the B.S., M.S., and Dr. Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1976, 1978, and 1986, respectively. Since 1978, he has been with Toshiba Corporation. His research interests include software engineering and artificial intelligence. In these fields, he is the author or coauthor of ten textbooks and has published over 80 technical papers.