The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show is one of the most sought after exhibits every year, and because it takes place so early in the year (January 7-10, 2020), consumers are able to get a good look at appliances, electronics, products, and technologies soon coming to the market. Simultaneously, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) also attracts many automakers looking to show off their new tech and features coming soon to new models. One automotive corporation, in particular, Mitsubishi Motors Corp, tends to show up to CES 2020 with their sister company Mitsubishi Electric. After the recent partnership between Mitsubishi Motors Corp and MaaS Global Oy, we’re seeing a lot of interesting concepts from Mitsubishi Electric at CES 2020.
Mobility for Everyone
The core of the partnership between MMC and MaaS Global Oy is to create an ecosystem of mobility where every consumer has access to some form of private or public transportation. MaaS Global already has a handle on that with its Whim app in Finland – consumers can sign up for various plans that will give them access to buses, trams, taxis, cars, bicycles, and more transportation services. Working on self-driving and autonomous technology, one interesting concept from MMC and MaaS Global is personal mobile living spaces. On the outside, they look like windowless vans, but on the inside, it can be a miniature office or living room. The vehicle drives itself with the use of a radar and camera fusion piloting system that helps it recognize other cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and puts together the best routes to avoid obstacles in real-time.
For those of us who love to ride-hail an Uber or Lyft, MMC and MaaS Global Oy will be spreading Whim on a global scale, and their Autovalet Summoning service could be one of the first steps they take. Able to utilize a camera system, congestion predictions, and real-time crowd prediction, consumers can hail an autonomous ride from anywhere, designed to pick them up as quickly as possible so they can get going to their next destination. It’s the hustle-and-bustle of life!
No, not the tiny two-door cars that seem to have disappeared from the face of the planet. Cars with artificial intelligence (AI) are what we’re talking about. During CES 2020, Mitsubishi Electric debuted its Driver Wellness Detection system that monitors pulse rates, body temperature, and facial information of the driver. If any of these were to steer from the norm or a baseline, the system will assume the driver is not well or may be having a medical emergency. In this case, the system will try to alert the driver via a series of tests – cooling the cabin, changing the lighting, or issuing audible alerts. In the worst case, the system will contact emergency services if the driver is unresponsive.
Another smart piece of technology for a self-driving vehicle is the ability to talk to it. The technology isn’t anything new, we have voice commands in many cars, but what happens with a car full of people talking or more than one person using a voice command? Mitsubishi Electric has designed an artificially intelligent speech system that utilizes patented speech algorithms, multi-microphone delays, and camera visuals to determine who is talking and who is giving a command.
Mitsubishi Motors unveiled the Dendo Drive House (DDH) during the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Since then, the automaker continues to highlight its benefits and uses as they near its availability for construction and/or installation. The home is surrounded in solar panels that gather solar energy, convert it into electricity, and then store it in a battery large enough to power the entire house and its appliances. From here, the DDH makes use of two functions – (1) Building and EV Energy Management, and (2) Bidirectional Wireless Power Transfer. By using mostly solar energy, not only can consumers reduce costs and live green, but an Energy Management System installed into the home is constantly regulating car, grid, and building energy flow. This system is an artificially intelligent software that helps optimizes the EV batteries and the building’s current energy use based on utility pricing, power demand, weather forecast, temperature, holidays, and travel schedules to help the consumer save money and make the best use of their energy.
So, if this software is designed to make the best use of energy stored, what happens to excess energy? That’s where the Bidirectional Wireless Power Transfer comes in. Through the use of a bi-directional charger installed in the garage and plugged into the home battery, consumers can also install a charging pad in the garage. This charging pad can charge a PHEV or EV with nearly the same efficiency as a plug-in cable. This PHEV or EV then becomes a portable battery, should the house need some extra juice during winter months.
Now we’re just waiting to see all of this cool tech in cars. Could we see any of it in production by 2020? Follow along on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.