Autonomous Driving Technology for Connected Cars
With the reduction of automobile accidents being an important concern for the motoring public, there has been a lot of activity surrounding the development of preventive safety techniques that assist driving to avoid accidents. As the next step in this process, automotive manufacturers and suppliers have, in recent years, accelerated the research and development of technologies for autonomous driving that further develop driver assistance systems to the point where they can take over from the human driver.
Systems for autonomous driving are complex, involving the processing and analysis of large amounts of data, including sensing information obtained from the surrounding environment, and a wide variety of technologies such as for information links to data centers and other infrastructure. To expedite the implementation of autonomous driving systems, Hitachi is working with its group companies on technology development to help overcome challenges faced by society.
Environmentally Compatible Technologies for a Car Society that Coexists with the Earth
In 2016, the Paris Agreement that was enacted specified international targets for reducing greenhouse gases (CO2). In this context, proposals for preserving the global environment include next-generation vehicles such as electric and hybrid electric vehicles, improving the fuel economy of vehicles themselves through lighter designs and other measures, using alternative fuels, and improving traffic flows.
Hitachi is developing and expanding CO2 reduction systems based on high-efficiency engines, high-efficiency electric systems, and energy management, as well as core technologies that support higher quality products. In addition, group companies are collaborating to develop various products based on metallic, magnetic, and lightweight materials, and processing and evaluation technologies, as well as to develop analysis and modeling technologies.
Hitachi will continue to comprehensively utilize technologies, starting from core and material technologies, and extending to system construction, to develop technologies that are compatible with environmental regulations and contribute to preserving the global environment.