Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has announced that it will be showcasing an innovative road-illuminating directional indicator technology at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 which begins on October 28.
This technology will be seen on the EMIRAI3 xDAS concept car that will be on display at the company’s stand. This system works by illuminating road surfaces at night thereby informing pedestrians or other drivers about the vehicle’s path. The actions currently supported are forward, reverse, emergency stops, turning and even during door opening.
These illuminations on the road are projected in a large and easy to understand way so that others can easily and quickly comprehend the driver’s intentions. This technology is expected to help avoid 70% of pedestrian road fatalities, which according to a research by Institute for Traffic Accident Research and Data Analysis, happen at night.
Fuji Chimera Research Institute predicts that initiatives using light sources for safer roadway environments are expected to increase from US$6.3 billion in 2013 to US$10 billion by 2022. In these initiatives, it is important to note that small and affordable LEDs will be increasingly used in sophisticated lighting systems, thus helping to keep the costs down.