A new concept car from Mitsubishi Electric that will be unveiled at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show later this month — the EMIRAI 3 xDAS — will feature a number of interesting “assisted driver” technologies, according to recent reports.
Amongst these will be imaging and “safe-driving support” systems — some of which can independently identify intersections with limited visibility and automatically provide side-camera views up and down the cross street, amongst other things. The new concept car builds on the earlier EMIRAI 2 xDAS unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
The concept car is stated to also possess a “multi-bonding display” — apparently, “LCDs panels on the dashboard and center console are laminated with an optical bonding process for high visibility and operability,” which reduces glare and reflections. It will also include technology allowing for the operation of in-vehicle equipment without looking at a display — rather, “hand profile and motions are detected for simplified adjustment of air temperature and music volume.”
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A wearable device vibrates to notify specific passengers of information, etc, as required. An overwrite input function, co-developed with Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, allows the driver to write on top of characters without confirming each time. A 3D head-up display (HUD) provides three-dimensional images of objects up to more than 10 meters ahead of the driver so that the driver can keep his or her eyes on the road ahead. 3D imaging with binocular disparity on the HUD adjusts the display’s position according to specific situations, such as when turning driving on an expressway, etc., for safer, easier driving.
The driver’s own operating condition is sensed with a camera and a cardiograph that is based on a non-contact cardiograph co-developed with the National University Corporation Kyushu Institute of Technology. The driver’s face direction and line of sight are sensed via a camera.
This provides safe-driving support and predictive assistance based on driver behavior. Proactive analysis of map data, for example, can identify intersections with poor visibility, and then display side-camera views looking up and down the cross street. Further, the system learns to react automatically whenever the same location/situation is reencountered. A cloud-based application analyzes the driver’s physical condition by comparing current behavior with past behavioral data stored in the cloud. If fatigue is detected, suitable rest stops are recommended. The system collects and shares information on dangerous locations. It also provides remote control of home appliances.
Well… That’s all certainly something, isn’t it? I can’t say that I’m surprised that these features are coming from a Japanese company (even if they’re currently only being put to use in a concept car), but I suppose that they are interesting. Perhaps a bit of overkill, though? Or maybe I’m just old fashioned?
Obviously, this car won’t go into production, but maybe some of the more popular features will trickle into production vehicles in the coming few years.
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