Various concepts and prototypes are being developed by automotive suppliers in effort to realise future mobility. Let’s take a look at some of these examples that were showcased during the Tokyo Motor Show 2019!
Toyota Boshoku’s envisioning of future mobility-based cabin
The advent of autonomous vehicles will eliminate need for steering-facing seats. With that, Toyota Boshoku envisioned their MX191 Concept, developed specifically for the interior of autonomous vehicles, focusing on safety and comfortability while inducing an enjoyable mobility space during autonomous driving.
One of its main features is the reconfiguration of interior seating arrangement based on consumer’s specific needs, which can also be configured using a smartphone application.
Developed in collaboration with AISIN, Denso, Tokai Rika and Toyoda Gosei, the MX191 Concept comprises more than 45 innovations to create a whole new cabin experience. Each seat includes a heartrate sensor that automatically reclines into a sleeping position when it senses the occupant is getting sleepy.
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Safety wise, each seat is equipped with an in-seat airbag system which can envelop passengers from the front or sides depending on the direction of impact.
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The MX191 can turn its interior into various settings such as:
- Welcome space
- Solo Space
- Communication space
- Meeting space
- Family space
- Together space
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Toyoda Gosei’s CASE Technologies product line-up
The CASE Technologies product line-up features a futuristic front grille module, steering wheel module and a next-generation safety system.
The front grille module is equipped with sensing functions that recognize the surrounding environment with cameras, millimetre wave radars and signage functions that communicate the vehicle’s operating status to people nearby with LED lights.
The steering wheel module is equipped with driver monitoring functions that senses the condition of the driver with cameras and sensors. The information received from the cameras and sensors are then conveyed with light and vibration.
Similar to the MX191 concept, the next-generation safety system includes integrated airbags in each seat to accommodate diverse occupant postures.
Ichikoh’s new communication lighting solutions for the automated driving era
Ichikoh developed a full-scale mock-up of what they call “Communication Lighting” – a lighting-based system installed on the front grille of a vehicle that indicates the intention of the car by using lightings instead of the driver.
It uses a human machine interface (HMI) to exchange information between human and vehicles and consists of about 400 LEDs, to indicate the movement (intention) of the car to surrounding drivers and pedestrians by using light signals.
Examples of scenarios include “Thank you” for oncoming vehicles and “You can go across” for pedestrians.
Denso’s mobility technologies of future transportation
Denso provided a vision of future transportation in 3 areas – safety, energy and connectivity.
Denso showcased various technologies related to safety and security such as Driving Environment Recognition Systems which is designed to detect environment around the vehicle such as pedestrians, road and other vehicles, thus contributing to advanced safety and realization of automated driving.
In the area of energy, the company displayed parts and components that are used to realise electric mobility such as the motor generator for hybrid vehicles. The motor generator provides power to run a hybrid vehicle at the start and assists with acceleration, as well as energy recuperation during braking.
For connectivity solutions, Denso showcased elements related to Mobility-as-a-Service (Maas) and Internet of Things (IoT). Denso’s MaaS architecture consists of two major technologies:
- Mobility IoT Core
- Digitizes a vehicle’s condition with a high degree of accuracy and sends vehicle data to the cloud. Mobility IoT Core enables real-time data collection and device control.
- Digital Twin
- Reproduces the real world in a virtual digital space, using the data collected through Mobility IoT Core. Digital Twin provides actionable space-time information to various service providers to help them easily provide unique services.
Aisin’s envisioning of a hospitable future
Aisin envisioned future mobility through its “i-mobility TYPE-C” (Future) display, a line-up of technologies and services that meet various user needs and driving conditions in the diversifying mobility society.
“i-mobility TYPE-C,” focuses on hospitality for consumers to induce comfortable movement, including opening/closing doors and adjusting seats according to movements and driver and passenger situations, and reminding the driver and passengers of items left in the car.
Stay tuned for the next article on new automotive products manufactured for future mobility!