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Fundamental Technologies Driving the Evolution of Autonomous Driving

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Autonomous driving will be decisive in preventing traffic accidents and providing for Japan’s aging population in road traffic society, and companies are accelerating the pace of their technology development in this area to achieve autonomous driving at least level 3 by 2020 and after. Among those companies, Hitachi is focusing on creating applications and products based on the external sensing technology, recognition and control technologies, and AI technology that will become the platform for the evolution of autonomous driving. This article describes examples of the stereo camera imaging, image recognition technology, millimeter wave radar, trajectory generation technology, and AI technology that Hitachi is applying to autonomous driving, along with the future outlook for these areas.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Takeshi Shima

Center for Technology Innovation - Controls, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the research and development of stereo-camera and image-recognition technology.

Takeshi Nagasaki

Electronic Device Design Division, Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the development of stereo-camera image-recognition applications.

Akira Kuriyama

Center for Technology Innovation - Electronics, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the research and development of RF circuits and antenna for radar. Mr. Kuriyama is a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE).

Kentaro Yoshimura, Ph.D.

Center for Technology Innovation - Controls, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the research and development of autonomous driving systems. Dr. Yoshimura is a member of the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) and the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME).

Tsuneo Sobue

Center for Technology Innovation - Systems Engineering, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the research and development of autonomous driving and connected cars. Mr. Sobue is a member of the IPSJ.

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