JSAE Exposition 2015: Latest OEM safety and autonomous driving technology

Suzuki Spacia first mini car with stereo cameras; Daihatsu adds monocular camera to safety system



 The Automotive Engineering Exposition 2015 was held in Japan from May 20 to 22, 2015. This report outlines seven Japanese OEMs' exhibits on safety systems and autonomous driving technology.

 Nissan Motor Co, Ltd. introduced its approaches to autonomous driving by exhibiting a prototype of an autonomous-driving vehicle, using display panels to explain the technology. Nissan plans to release autonomous vehicles in stages by 2020. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. highlighted the appealing features of its Honda Sensing, which it launched in 2015. Fuji Heavy Industries, Limited (FHI: the maker of Subaru automobiles) explained the history of the development of its advanced driver assistance system, from the ADA through the EyeSight ver. 3. FHI aims to launch an autonomous drive system with lane-changing functions for expressway driving by 2020. The company envisions the 2020 autonomous drive system as an extension of its EyeSight.

 Suzuki Motor Corporation and Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. have already launched collision-mitigation braking systems incorporating laser radar. At this exposition, the two companies exhibited their new systems that have been equipped with new sensors. The new systems each offer enhanced performance and additional features. The Suzuki Spacia launched in May 2015 can be fitted with "Dual Camera Brake Support," a new active safety system incorporating stereo cameras. The Spacia is the first mini vehicle equipped with a stereo-camera-based safety system. The Daihatsu Move and Tanto launched in April 2015 can be fitted with Smart Assist II, a new, improved active safety system. Smart Assist II includes the same laser radar and sonar sensor equipped in the conventional Smart Assist system, but with the addition of a monocular camera.

 Two heavy-duty-truck OEMs, Hino Motors, Ltd. and UD Trucks Corporation, exhibited the active safety systems equipped on their heavy-duty trucks, which are primarily collision-mitigation braking systems and lane departure warning systems.

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