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New Lane Hazard Warning Technology from Mitsubishi Electric

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Mitsubishi Electric, a sister company of Mitsubishi Motors and under the Mitsubishi Corp umbrella, has been pretty busy as of late. Although Mitsubishi Electric is known for a variety of things, some of which has to do with home appliances, they’ve also been known to develop technology for upcoming automobiles. During the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, Mitsubishi Electric showed us some of the technology they’re working on that allows consumers to communicate with passengers in other vehicles in real-time over a virtual platform. Always keeping safety in mind, new technology from Mitsubishi Electric keeps drivers informed about upcoming safety hazards while on the road.

A Car with a Brain?

Mitsubishi Electric has been working on autonomous technology for upcoming Mitsubishi vehicles for several years and made their big debut in 2017. Using what the company calls a Mobile Mapping System (MMS), through the use o  car-mounted GPS antennas, laser scanners, and cameras, drivers are presented with a 3D map of what the MMS sees in real-time while collecting data. In 2018, the technology became more advanced, turned into an easy roof-mount unit, that uses various technologies to operate, such as a speed sensor, the ability to drive the vehicle through tunnels or underwater pathways, and a high-sensitivity camera that allows the vehicle to continue to function and collect data at night. All of this could be really helpful with the newest automobile technology to come from Mitsubishi Corp.

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The Future of Mitsubishi Motors is Its Heritage

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The race is on – but was it ever really off? Automakers on a global scale are in competition to make the next best vehicle to dominate the auto market. With alternative fuel vehicles on the rise, many of the concepts we’re starting to see are plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. 2019 Geneva Motor show had more than its fair share of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, like the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer, and in that regard, Mitsubishi went a step further with the eco-friendly Dendo Drive House. Another automaker at the Geneva International Motor Show, that always seems to be on the same wavelength as Mitsubishi is Kia Motors, with their Imagine by Kia preview of what’s to come. It would seem that Mitsubishi Motors is doing the same.

Take a look at the collection of new vehicles and concepts that have come from Mitsubishi Motors in previous years. Going all the way back to the Eclipse Cross, there was a change. The last in-house vehicle before becoming a part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the Eclipse Cross was the stepping stone for the future of Mitsubishi Motors. On the one hand, they’re now one-third of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, currently hitting the electric vehicle market with gusto. The Alliance has many plans for alternative fuel and autonomous technology, much of which is discussed in its Alliance 2022 Six-Year Plan.

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Five Latest Investments by Alliance Ventures

Miami Lakes Automall Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Five Investments

Renault-Nissan brought Mitsubishi Motors into the fold back in 2016 to create the new Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Over a year, Mitsubishi Motors finished producing its last in-house vehicle, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and started to use Nissan’s resources to get a running start as part of the alliance. In January 2018, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance began a new funding campaign called “Alliance Ventures” to invest $1 billion in order to support open innovation, start-ups, and entrepreneurs in technology with a focus on autonomous systems, electric vehicles (EVs), connectivity, and artificial intelligence. The fund will last five years, and to start things off, $200 million was allocated for the first year’s budget – $50 million of that budget has already been spent in the last five months. Here’s a list of all five investments.

Overseas

Being that all three automakers are from the other side of the hemisphere, with Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan settled in Japan, and Renault in France, the investments started overseas. The first was with the DiDi Auto Alliance. Founded by DiDi, an artificial intelligence and autonomous technology conglomerate in China, the DiDi Auto Alliance is an intelligent ride-sharing alliance working on providing new smart mobility solutions in China. The main goal of the DiDi Auto Alliance aims to unite all its members to transform the business model of the automotive industry and become the largest full-capacity vehicle operator platform in the world by providing services like auto leasing and sales, auto finance, auto service, fleet operation, and car-sharing solutions. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance struck a deal to help fund the DiDi Auto Alliance in exchange for their automotive services.

A France-based company, Kalray, has also received funding from Alliance Ventures, being that their current goals are very similar to those of the alliance. In addition to their plug-in electric hybrid vehicles, the alliance plans to develop fifteen models with autonomous features by 2022; Kalray is working on developing a microprocessor that can be used in autonomous driving. Sounds like the perfect match and a smart investment.

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Mitsubishi Motors Past and Future Technology

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Mitsubishi Motors has come a long way since it joined the Nissan-Renault Alliance. Having started a new venture with a $1 billion campaign, the alliance is currently looking into Robotaxi partnerships to build up their line of autonomous and artificial intelligent vehicles. While Mitsubishi becomes a larger part of the alliance, before it blends in completely (although still being a competitor for the two connected brands), let us not forget how far Mitsubishi has come on their own. Take a look at technology used in Mitsubishi vehicles today and what we have to look forward to in future concepts.

Powertrain Technology

When it comes to powertrains found in Mitsubishi vehicles, there are two systems of technology that optimize an engine’s performance and the vehicle’s overall fuel economy. The first of these is Mitsubishi’s “MIVEC” system. Standing for “Mitsubishi Innovate Valve Timing Electronic Control System”, the MIVEC system is Mitsubishi’s brand of variable valve timing (VVT) technology, a process that controls the frequency of air intake in an engine and the flow of exhaust. MIVEC systems have also been known to increase power and torque output in select engines, especially those with a turbocharger.

The second piece of technology is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) developed by Mitsubishi Motors that is also commonly known as the INVECS-III. A CVT is a type of automatic transmission that can change seamlessly through various gears for an infinite number of speeds by using a pulley system versus the standard mechanical build for automatic transmissions that can only work for certain speed thresholds, i.e. 3-speed automatic transmission. This allows Mitsubishi cars to keep a steady and smooth drive versus other vehicles that may experience a chugging forward feeling when the next speed threshold is met. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Mitsubishi Electric Builds an Interconnected Smart Platform

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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.

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Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance Seeks Partnership for Robotaxis

Miami Lakes Automall Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Robotaxis

The Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance recently unveiled plans to seek out and talk “partnership” with Robotaxi companies in the coming months. If unfamiliar with the term “Robotaxi,” think of it like an autonomous, self-driving taxi or Uber, that may also have some artificial intelligence integrated into the console for human-to-robot interaction. Maybe interacting with these “Robotaxis” will be as simple as telling the vehicle where to go, or maybe as advanced and new age as the virtual assistant in the Mitsubishi Connect concept movie (seen below).

It shouldn’t come as any surprise. Since Mitsubishi and Nissan-Renault signed off on their partnership, Mitsubishi has looked into Nissan-Renault resources for global expansion. Not only that, but the Nissan-Renault Mitsubishi Alliance as a whole has plans to hit the hybrid and electric vehicle market hard with a total of 500,000 plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) in the making. In addition to this, the alliance plans to develop fifteen models with autonomous features by 2022, including a fully autonomous self-driving vehicle.

This brings up a question. Will these self-driving vehicles be able to deliver all of the exciting prospects Mitsubishi debuted at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show with their Mitsubishi e-Evolution or the Mitsubishi Electric Emirai 4? Will these autonomous vehicles be as advanced as to support artificial intelligence by Mitsubishi or other automakers in the industry? Several companies are already working on self-driving vehicles, such as Google, Uber, Apple, Chevrolet, and others. Chevrolet/GM even has claims to already be the first automaker to produce a driverless car with all the success of the self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV.

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The 2017 Tokyo Motor Show and Mitsubishi

Miami Lakes Mitsubishi Autonomous Vehicle Tech

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.

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