Denso has developed smaller and more cost-effective laser radar, which is an active safety technology that will help avoid low-speed collisions. Denso’s new laser radar is used as a sensor for the Smart Assist System of the Daihatsu Move, a compact vehicle released in the Japanese market last December. To consolidate space, the newly developed Denso laser radar features a simpler laser beam generation mechanism than previous versions. The electronic control unit is integrated into the signal processing boards, which was typically separate. Denso is able to reduce the overall size of the radar by using a smaller lens.
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Nissan has announced the start of field tests for the 100% electric e-NV200 compact van in Saitama City (Saitama Prefecture), one of the city authorities that have expressed enthusiasm for increasing the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads as one step towards improving air quality. Based on the agreement signed between Saitama City and Nissan for the E-KIZUNA Project in 2009, the vehicle will be used as a field test car to facilitate deliveries between the Saitama City Hall and city offices.
Mitsubishi Electric announced today its new J1-Series power modules featuring a compact 6-in-1 package mainly for use in electric and hybrid vehicles. Power modules for automobiles must deliver higher reliability than industrial-use modules due to the extremely high standards for vehicle safety. Mitsubishi Electric pioneered the mass production of power modules for hybrid vehicles in 1997, and since then the demand for these modules has grown in parallel with the expanding global market for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Tesla has hired Aston Martin’s Chief Engineer of Vehicle Engineering, Chris Porritt, to be its Vice President of Vehicle Engineering. Chris is a world-class leader and automotive engineer who established Aston Martin’s Vehicle Engineering team from the ground up and used his innovative approach as Chief Engineer for Aston Martin’s One-77 supercar. The One-77 was best known for its advanced structural design combined with cutting edge active suspension and aerodynamics. These combined to make it one of the fastest cars in the world.
MIT researchers developing systems capable of negotiating with people to determine the best way to achieve their goals
You get into your car and ask it to get you home in time for the start of the big game, stopping off at your favorite Chinese restaurant on the way to grab some takeout. But the car informs you that the road past the Chinese restaurant is closed for repairs, so you will not make it home in 30 minutes unless you choose a different food outlet. You select a nearby Korean restaurant from the options the car suggests, and set off on the chosen route.
Fuji Heavy Industries the maker of Subaru automobiles, today unveiled a Japanese specification prototype of its first hybrid model at the technical presentation event held in Japan. Introduced at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in March, Subaru’s first-ever hybrid vehicle offers the brand’s distinctive, enjoyable driving experience.
Mitsubishi Concept CA-MiEV and Mitsubishi Concept G4 To Be Showcased at the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition
Mitsubishi Motors will debut the Mitsubishi Concept CA-MiEV and Mitsubishi Concept G4 concept cars in China at the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition held from April 20 through April 29. These two models embody MMC’s unique advanced technology known as @earth TECHNOLOGY, in line with this year’s show theme of Innovation for Better Life.
Nissan and FedEx Express have begun testing of the 100% electric e-NV200 commercial vehicle in Singapore. During the field test, Nissan will provide FedEx Express with a monitor e-NV200 vehicle for use as a delivery vehicle in the city for one month. After one month, the companies will evaluate the vehicle’s potential for the delivery of international air cargo. Trial results and feedback will continue to shape the development of the all-electric urban delivery compact van and related software. The 100% electric e-NV200 commercial vehicle, scheduled to launch in 2014, is the second EV (electric vehicle) model to be sold globally, preceded only by the Nissan LEAF. The vehicle is scheduled to launch in 2014.
Honda today launched its much awaited family sedan, the Honda Amaze for the Indian market. The Amaze marks Honda’s entry into the diesel segment in Indian car market. Honda Amaze has been developed at Honda R&D Asia Pacific located in Bangkok, Thailand following extensive market surveys in India on people’s driving needs and lifestyles. India is the first country to launch the Amaze with Honda’s latest i-DTEC diesel engine technology besides the successful i-VTEC petrol engine.
Honda safety package applies brakes automatically when the driver mistakes gas pedal for the brake pedal
Under the concept of offering collision-free vehicles to more drivers, Honda developed the City-Brake Active System, an accident avoidance support system, and bundled it into the Safety Package (tentative name) with enhanced safety features that also includes vehicle occupant protection technology such as side airbags and side curtain airbags. The Safety Package will be adopted for the all-new Fit which will go on sale in this year. While driving at speeds of less than approximately 30km/h, the City-Brake Active System gives audio and visual warnings to the driver when the system recognizes a high risk of collision by the laser radar installed in the upper part of front windshield in order to support the avoidance and to mitigate the level of damage of an accident. If the driver does not take action to slow down, the system will apply brakes automatically.
South Korea has developed a home-grown, light utility helicopter, becoming the 11th nation to build a chopper with its own technology. The KAI Surion, a twin-engined light utility helicopter is designed and developed jointly by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Eurocopter to meet the requirements of the South Korean Army and Air Force. The helicopter will be used in a variety of applications, including troop assault, search and rescue, tactical lift, liaison and medical evacuation. It can accommodate a pilot, co-pilot, two gunners and nine troops. The two-engine transport utility chopper named Surion took more than six years to build and cost about W1.3 trillion (US$ 1166076600).
Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, unveiled the Subaru WRX Concept today at the New York International Auto Show. The Subaru WRX is known for its powerful turbo engine delivering abundant performance and torque distribution through Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system. This combination allows all drivers to feel confident and in control in any kind of driving condition.
Fuji Heavy Industries the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, unveiled the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid today at the New York International Auto Show. The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is the Subaru’s first hybrid vehicle and like all Subaru models embodies Enjoyment and Peace of Mind driving experience realized through the Subaru brand. In addition to the XV Crosstrek’s original attributes: superb driveability, All-Wheel drive (AWD) capability and versatile utility, Subaru’s original hybrid system has been integrated into the model, furthering its sporty, fun to drive character and environmental friendliness.
Panasonic today announced that it will supply nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery systems for Fuji Heavy Industries first-ever hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid designed for sale in the U.S. will be unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show .The car will go on sale in the U.S. in autumn this year. Panasonic is already supplying Ni-MH battery cells and systems for hybrid electric vehicles to a growing number of automotive manufactures around the world, as well as lithium-ion battery cells and systems for hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.