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The Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has its hand in a lot of pockets in different industries. It’s not a bad idea, to spread oneself to have multiple means of success. This is especially true when it comes to the Mitsubishi Motors automaker and Mitsubishi Electric. The former we all know too well, but the latter isn’t talked about nearly as much. Thought to only be a supplier of electric appliances and infrastructure, Mitsubishi Electric actually plays a role in designing, developing, and producing much of the future technology going into Mitsubishi Motors vehicles. From the self-driving autonomous technology at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show to the artificial intelligence at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi Electric will be changing the way we look at cars with an advanced Human-Machine Interface (HMI).
Virtual Assistants and HMIs
Today, many people own some form of virtual assistant or platform with a human-machine-interface. Anyone who owns an Amazon Alexa or Google Home has a virtual assistant, and most of us who own one use it every day, from setting an alarm clock to making shopping lists, and even video calls with the Echo Show. Anyone who talks to their TV to search for content or perform a function knows what it’s like to have an HMI on hand when the remote is all the way across the couch.
During this week in January, the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show is taking place. Because this convention is more so focused on consumer-based technology, appliances, and products, one wouldn’t expect to see big names in the auto industry to pop up. Mitsubishi Motors and their sibling corporation Mitsubishi Electric tend to break that norm and are doing so this year by debuting new technologies and features aimed at a pre- and post-autonomous future. The automotive industry and market is changing, and with many automakers aiming to break into autonomy by 2020, Mitsubishi is hot on their trails with their own developments.
Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence in Cars
Self-driving vehicles and artificially intelligent technologies are slowly starting to become the norm in 2019. These days, who doesn’t have an Amazon Alexa, Google Home device, or some variation where a smartphone app is all they need to connect with their home from afar? Owning one of these smart devices is becoming commonplace quickly, and with the rise in artificially intelligent smart devices, from smartphones to smart homes, the next logical step is “smart” cars.
Over the course of 2018, Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric had many technological breakthroughs. During this time, Mitsubishi Electric also further developed an autonomous car technology with capabilities similar to the popular Google Waymo self-driving car project. Some of this technology is said to go into one of their futuristic concepts, the Mitsubishi e-Evolution, currently a contender for the new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover. Especially last year, at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Mitsubishi Electric showed off their own autonomous vehicle with similar features, the Mitsubishi Emirai 4, equipped with AI-powered cameras designed to replace current vehicle mirrors.
Mitsubishi Motors is getting back into the swing of things and has made many advancements to move forward in 2018. Much of this can be attested to new technology, not just for the industry but even a better world. In the beginning, much of what kept the automaker moving forward was the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance pulled Mitsubishi Motors back from the edge, and with the automaker, started a six-year plan to get the alliance ahead. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is placing a lot of their focus on alternative fuel vehicles like hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles (EVs), but also have a large focus on developing autonomous vehicles or investing in companies with similar goals. This started with partnerships with robotaxi startups and investments Alliance Ventures, the alliance funding campaign. Alliance Ventures also made investments in overseas companies, like DiDi in China. This was all just the beginning, for new autonomous technology and alternative fuel vehicles will be coming from Mitsubishi Motors and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
New Tech; New World
Not looking to fall behind anytime soon, Mitsubishi Motors has placed a large focus on autonomous technology for Mitsubishi. In conjunction with this, Mitsubishi is developing artificial intelligence for a new concept, the e-Evolution. Moreover, a new infotainment system by Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Connect, has already popped up in the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, but a next generation version of Mitsubishi Connect will be available in the e-Evolution, with an artificially intelligent driving coach to improve driving performance. That’s not all Mitsubishi has achieved, though.
Wouldn’t clean energy be something? With a partnership between Mitsubishi Motors, ENGIE, and Hitachi Europe, we’re getting close. If anything, Mitsubishi Electric tested the clean energy system for the costs and savings a neutral-energy building may experience, with more good than bad results.
Mitsubishi Motors has also had its time to shine this year. If it’s not their recognition from the Automotive Science Group with the ASG Award, then it’s how well Mitsubishi Motors vehicles do in safety. The 2018 Eclipse Cross received five stars from JNCAP. Most recently, Mitsubishi also developed a new Eclipse Cross concept to enter the 2019 Dakar Rally. The automaker has already won several times with the overseas Outlander, the Pajero.
New Vehicles and Things to Look Forward To
Throughout 2018, we’ve seen many concepts and heard lots of rumors about upcoming Mitsubishi vehicles. We know the automaker is focusing on alternative fuel and electric vehicles, but we’ve also seen a concept or two for the new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover. Mitsubishi Motors also has a new truck to enter the auto market – just not in the US for now.
Other things to look forward to for Mitsubishi Motors have to do with another partnership. Aside from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and aside from its partnership with ENGIE and Hitachi Europe for clean energy, Mitsubishi Motors has also signed a partnership with google. Consumers can expect Google Android-based infotainment systems also becoming a choice in future Mitsubishi Vehicles.
There is a lot of good things coming from Mitsubishi Motors and we’re almost at the end of 2018. What will 2019 bring? Find out by staying up to date with Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media. Take a look at the above new Mitsubishi vehicles and more at Miami Lakes Automall.
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Mitsubishi brought their A-game to the 2018 LA Auto Show as they debuted an impressive technical prototype – the e-Evolution Concept. Incorporating the strengths of an SUV, electric vehicle (EV), and new systems designed for a connected mobility experience will not only be part of this concept, but also a part of Mitsubishi’s future. CEO and President Fred Diaz said: “The e-Evolution is far more than just an auto show concept vehicle. It is the embodiment of what Mitsubishi Motors will become, what we will stand for, and the type of vehicles we will bring to our customers in the very near future.” Let’s dive a little deeper and check out what the e-Evolution means for Mitsubishi Motors’ plans of the not-too-distant future.
Two high-torque, high-performance electric motors power the e-Evolution Concept and are fed by a high-capacity battery system for a smooth and powerful performance. A low center of gravity is important to achieve driving stability, so the drive battery system is located under the floor in the middle of the vehicle. Active Yaw Control (AYC) is an automotive feature developed on Mitsubishi Motors’ World Rally Championship and Paris-Dakar race cars that’s also found on the e-Evolution. AYC uses an active differential to control the driving and braking forces between the left and right wheels for the optimum grip on the road. Since AYC is electronically controlled, it provides crisp and responsive handling that’s faithful to the driver’s intent.
An Artificial Intelligence (AI) system is the brain of the e-Evolution Concept, proving that Mitsubishi really is looking to the future with this design. The AI system is equipped with numerous sensors that instantly detect changes in road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver’s intent. Driver intent and vehicle performance are then merged seamlessly for an inclusive system that’s capable of supporting drivers of all abilities, even offering a special coaching function that, after an initial assessment of the driver’s skills, unobtrusively offers ways to enhance them. Even those with limited driving abilities will feel like a pro thanks to this highly responsive AI system.
Additional functions of the AI system include functions that can be controlled via voice activation like the headlights, wiper blades, and even having the ability to warn the driver of various malfunctions. A large flat screen that displays outside conditions, navigation, and coaching information span the full width of the dashboard. Two smaller screens flank the larger one showing images from the front and rear cameras, while a 360-degree view for occupants is achieved by an expansive glass section. The e-Evolution Concept is part of Mitsubishi’s latest Drive Your Ambition strategy that will see the automaker move towards SUVs with electric mobility and connectivity.
Sure, the e-Evolution is just a concept car for now, but if you want to get a taste of Mitsubishi’s penchant for innovation then look no further than the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Available for the first time ever in the U.S., the Outlander PHEV is a roomy and attainable plug-in hybrid SUV for those looking to go green in style. Come by Miami Lakes AutoMall today and test drive the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. To learn more about the Outlander PHEV and its driving modes check out our video below:
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Mitsubishi Motors is really turning heads these days. Joining Nissan-Renault in the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance was probably the step up they needed, because ever since something new is coming from Mitsubishi that will surely make a statement. The first surprise was the all in-house 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, the return of their Eclipse nameplate on a crossover. Over the last year, they’ve been working with the alliance to match the objectives of other automakers. Alternative fuel, self-driving cars, interconnected lifestyles – Mitsubishi Motors is getting in all of it. Next up, a platform that allows smart appliances to talk to each other!
The Venture and Technology
In mid-January 2018, the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance announced a new funding campaign called “Alliance Ventures”. Set to invest $1 billion in order to support open innovation, start-ups, and entrepreneurs in technology, their focus is on autonomous systems, electric vehicles (EVs), connectivity, and artificial intelligence. $200 billion was allocated for the first year’s budget, and we can see some of that money going into partnerships they’re seeking to build a fleet of Robotaxis.
Mitsubishi has been changing the game for some time now. Back when we covered Mitsubishi’s Centennial Anniversary, we learned that Mitsubishi Motors started research on electric vehicles (EVs) back in 1971. They were also the first to design a system that adapted to one’s driving behavior, the INVEC system, in 1990. Last time we looked at some of the nifty things Mitsubishi does with their automobiles, we covered the powertrain advancements Mitsubishi Motors made. This time, let’s look at some of the cool new tech popping up in concepts and production vehicles.
Yes, this is another powertrain advancement, but it’s also one of technology. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has actually been doing well overseas. We have yet to get our hands on it in the states, and it’s unclear if we ever will. However, Mitsubishi Motors recently said the Outlander PHEV would come to America. So a quick refresher on this.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has several driving modes so that consumers can choose what energy/fuel to use and when. The plug-in hybrid also has three charging modes for convenience and environmental sustainability, i.e. able to charge up to 80 percent in as little as 30 minutes. The Outlander PHEV shows large advancements for its hybrid system; not only can the vehicle travel 32 miles on electricity alone with zero tailpipe emissions, but with a fully charged battery and a full tank, it has a driving range at well over 500 miles.
Mitsubishi Motors is finally getting an infotainment of sorts with the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Still without more than a highlights page on MitsubishiCars.com, we’re still waiting on all the specs for the Eclipse Cross. We do have a little exposé on the new technology in the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, though. The main focus is on the infotainment system Mitsubishi has placed in the Eclipse Cross – we can’t say what name is powering the system, like how the FCA has Uconnect, but there are some details.
The screen is 8 inches, almost as large as the high-tier Uconnect 8.4 touchscreen. However, instead of a touchscreen, the infotainment has a touchpad near the gearshift for interacting with apps and what’s on screen. This infotainment system can do everything other systems do, such as make phone calls, stream music, and navigate. A second nifty piece of technology in the Eclipse Cross would be the heads-up display that raises from the center console, just behind the dashboard, to relay important information to the driver without having to take their eyes off the road.
Mitsubishi Connect and Artificial Intelligence
When word about Mitsubishi putting artificial intelligence into their e-Evolution concept, the automotive section of the internet was talking all about it. Just a concept, and probably not looking at production until 2020, a car with an artificial intelligent (AI) system integrated into it was basically unheard of as a practical, everyday happenstance. Even today, Mitsubishi only has a 3D animation to illustrate how this can work with their Mitsubishi Connect demo:
When reading about Mitsubishi Connect however, this AI system does seem kind of neat. Not only this, but the AI system is designed to go beyond the Mitsubishi INVEC system, not just adapting to one’s driving behavior, but actually measuring one’s ability to drive in certain situations. If the driver isn’t so skilled in the rain, being a semi-autonomous vehicle, the Mitsubishi e-Evolution can take over and drive for the rest of the way.
We saw more about the e-Evolution concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, where we learned Mitsubishi has even more advancements planned for its infotainment system. The interior of the vehicle itself looks futuristic, but Mitsubishi Motors aims to design their next infotainment system to go beyond entertainment. The next stop will also be safety by replacing the exterior mirrors with video screens that project the surroundings of the car to the driver at all times.
What do you think of all of these advancements? Some are concepts, yes, but we may see them in vehicles very soon. Let us know what you think on our Miami Lakes Automall Facebook page.
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News about Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric have surfaced in recent weeks about two new concepts popping up at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October. After a little digging, we’ve found some old concepts that have a striking similarity to the ones we’re seeing now, one of which actually made it to production. We’ll get to that a bit later, but for now, take a look at the Tokyo Motor Show and other possibilities set forth by Mitsubishi Motors.
The Tokyo Motor Show
Yes, the Tokyo Motor Show is the next big auto show happening in the world, and being a biennial auto show, not to be confused with biannual, the show takes place every other year. The auto show is held between late October to early November and is hosted by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA). Being a platform for many more concepts than an introduction for vehicles going into production, this year’s Tokyo Motor Show is brimming with possibilities. Alongside the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, the (Frankfurt) International Motor Show in Germany, and the Paris Motor Show, the Tokyo Motor Show is one of the big five the auto press look forward to.
Mitsubishi is entering the autonomous car game, and it’s about time. It’s a surprise this motor company was about to go down last year with all the new vehicles they have coming out. Maybe they were going for dramatic effect, or just needed a helping hand. Either way, after 100 years, Mitsubishi Motors continues to go on strong.
Yeah, it’s been 100 years since Mitsubishi Motors formed in Japan. We wondered what would come of them going forward, and wouldn’t you know it’s one surprise after another. First it was the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. Then it was the teased Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition trim, now hitting dealerships. So what’s next?
Autonomous cars vehicles is what’s next. A lot of crazes are hitting the automotive industry – crossovers and SUVS, hybrids, electric vehicles and trucks, and autonomous cars a.k.a. vehicles that can drive themselves. We were starting to think Mitsubishi Motors was far from entering this race, but they were just warming up. Surprisingly, the autonomous tech they’re discussing came from one of the other Mitsubishi brands, Mitsubishi Electric Corp.