Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric are travelling together for the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Only happening every other year, the 46th Tokyo Motor Show this year takes place between October 24 and November 4. The parent company, Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) recently partnered with MaaS Global Oy, and a good part of the exhibits between Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric will be demonstrating how this partnership will evolve in the future. During this time, Mitsubishi Electric will also be showcasing new hybrid and electric vehicle technology, along with two of their self-driving vehicle concepts. The first is a self-driving vehicle concept we’ve seen before, the Mitsubishi Electric Emirai, now in its new form, EMIRAI S. The second self-driving vehicle they’re bringing to the stage is the xAUTO, an autonomous vehicle with a lot going for it.
Featured in the xAUTO
At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi Electric will be focusing on three main features of the xAUTO: (1) its ability to travel on roads where no digital maps are available, (2) capability to self-park indoors (parking garage) and outdoors, and (3) formulate digital maps of the vehicle’s surroundings in real-time without delay. All of this is thanks to the ever-improving self-driving technology designed by Mitsubishi Electric. Their most well-known system is their Mobile Mapping System (MMS), which makes all of this possible.
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Back in 2017, Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric came to the Tokyo Motor Show and had two brand new concepts to show off. These were the Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept, destined to bring back the “EVO” nameplate previously thought to be discontinued, but new plans for a Lancer Crossover by Mitsubishi may have taken over – actually, it may be the same concept based on the digital renders. The second concept was Emirai4, a self-driving vehicle currently in the testing phase. Two years later, and Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) is packing heat. Their hand in the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Alliance Ventures has paid off. With their recent partnership with MaaS Global Oy, a whole new vision is about to take off.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp and MaaS Global Oy
MaaS Global Oy is the company behind an overseas mobile app called Whim. It’s basically a ride-hailing app that rolls all the various apps, cards, and payment methods for buses, trams, taxis, cars, bicycles, and more into just one app. It basically offers everyone (in Helsingin seudun liikenne, Finland) the ability to subscribe to a plan that gives them access to all of these transportation services – public, personal, and even rentals. Since it launched in 2017, the service has expanded to Birmingham, U.K. and Antwerp, Belgium, and with a recent investment by Mitsubishi Motors Corp and Toyotsa Financing Solutions, MaaS Global plans to expand to Vienna, Singapore; several cities in Japan; and eventually over to the states in Miami and Chicago, and again in North America in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
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