Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has announced that it will showcase the EMIRAI 3 xDAS Assisted-driving Concept at the upcoming 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. This concept is based on the EMIRAI 2 xDAS concept that was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
The concept will have evolved technologies for Human Machine Interface (HMI) such as telematics, driver sensing and light control. Its focus is to enhance the safety and comfort of driving and looks to assist the driver in having a safe journey with minimum intervention.
The EMIRAI 3 has LCD panels on the dashboard and center console that are laminated with optical bonding for high visibility and enhanced aesthetic appeal, apart from reducing reflections. The display can also be customized according to driver preferences allowing for a highly personalized cabin.
Paying attention to the road is an important safety aspect. Mitsubishi facilitates this by allowing in-vehicle equipment to be controlled through gesture control. Simple functions like adjustment to air temperature and music volume can be controlled in this way. There is also a wearable device that vibrates to notify passengers about required information.
The Combiner 3D Head-up display provides 3D images of objects up to more than 10 meters ahead of the driver enabling him to keep his eyes on the road. This display position can also be adjusted in the combiner according to specific situations.
There is a camera and a non-contact cardiograph (co-developed with National University Corporation Kyushu Institute of Technology) which is used to sense the driver’s operating condition by monitoring the driver’s face direction and line of sight. The car is also equipped with side cameras that can look up and down the street to get a better view when there is poor visibility. Safe-driving support and predictive assistance are calculated on the basis of these inputs.
A cloud-based application in the car analyzes the driver’s current physical condition with the past data on record, and suggests suitable rest stops if it detects that fatigue is setting in. It also shares information on dangerous locations along with the ability to remotely control appliances at home.