CEATEC JAPAN 2018: Connected cars technology

Connected services and components for 5G, V2X



CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) JAPAN 2018 (at the Makuhari Messe convention center on October 16-19, 2018) was held with the theme “Connecting Society, Co-creating the Future” and showcased numerous automotive related exhibits focusing on “connected cars”. The exhibits showed various approaches to connected system services supporting the mobility society of the future, not only for drivers, but also for various activities such as remote control and infrastructure coordination.

Exhibitors introduced connected services and vehicle on-board components that will use of V2X (Vehicle to Everything) and 5G (5th Generation Mobile Telecommunications System) networks to be introduced going forward. Toyota demonstrated the use of LINE’s AI assistant “Clova Auto” for automotive applications as part of the SDL (Smart Device Link) service that links the car navigation system to smart phones. Valeo’s “XtraVue” and Oki Electric’s “Flying View” combine multiple camera images in real-time, and by connecting with other vehicles and roadside infrastructure using 5G, visual monitoring of the road ahead outside of the line of sight is made possible. Furthermore, Clarion introduced a commercial vehicle drive management system that uses data collected from drive recorders, and Kyocera introduced the roadside devices that will be deployed at areas such as intersections. These companies have made use of existing communications technologies acquired through their respective businesses and are developing systems that contribute to improvement of driving efficiency and safety.

入場口風景 トヨタ
CEATEC JAPAN 2018 exhibition site Toyota exhibits the smart phone linked service "SDL (Smart Device Link)"


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Toyota: "SDL (Smart Device Link)" service for linking car navigation systems and smart phones

Toyota exhibited the SDL (Smart Device Link), a service that links the smart phone to car navigation systems. At the booth where the Toyota Prius and Daihatsu Move Canvas were on display, as part of the SDL service, a demonstration was conducted showing the exchange of messages by LINE using the voice recognition system of the car navigation system while driving.

In June 2018, LINE announced the “Clova Auto” service that connects the AI assistant “Clova” to car devices. Both companies are planning to launch SDL-based car navigation systems in December 2018 starting with LINE MUSIC and making “Clova Auto” available for use from 2019.

The two vehicles exhibited were both equipped with SDL-based car navigation systems. The car navigation and smart phone is linked by Bluetooth before activating the “Clova Auto” service. The driver can then operate Clova Auto the same as he would the car navigation system, even while driving, using functions such as the display, audio guide, microphone or steering switches, to operate the smart phone application to send and receive LINE messages.

入場口風景 トヨタ
SDL demonstration using Clova Auto SDL (Smart Device Link)
SDL member companies

Valeo: "XtraVue" connected computer vision camera

Valeo’s first exhibition at CEATEC showcased the “XtraVue”, a system that eliminates visual obstacles. Two demo vehicles were lined up in the booth where the display inside the rear vehicle projected an image of the front car obstructing the field of vision as a see-through image. The demonstration exhibited in real time how the preceding car does not appear in the driver’s field of view, offering an enhanced view of the road ahead.

XtraVue is an image recognition system comprised of a telematics antenna, laser scanner, and cameras. By making use of the future 5G (5th Generation Mobile Telecommunications System) and V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) networks and by performing image processing by streaming information from multiple cameras such as those installed on road sides or from other vehicles, the system is able to provide comprehensive information on the surrounding environment beyond the driver’s line of sight.

Valeo’s XtraVue demonstration
2 demo vehicles lined up to simulate how XtraVue works
XtraVue system presentation panel
Screen display showing the vehicle ahead projected as a see-through image that does not interfere with the field of vision.
XtraVue exhibition panel


During the Valeo press conference, in addition to the XtraVue system, the company also introduced its SCALA laser scanner. The first generation SCALA started production in 2017 and is used on the Audi A8. The second-generation SCALA 2 is scheduled to start production in 2020 and was also exhibited in the booth. Furthermore, by 2020 Valeo plans to introduce the SCALA Cocoon, a combination of multiple SCALA systems performing 360-degree object detection. During the introduction of its Cruise4U automated driving system, Valeo stated that a vehicle equipped with SCALA laser scanners (6 units), front camera, surround view cameras (4 units), radars (4 units) is currently being tested on a driving tour on Japanese expressways.

In addition, NTT Docomo’s approach towards collaboration in the connected car business arena was also introduced. In April 2018, the two companies announced their approach to mobility services such as offering on-board devices and communications services for connected cars, the development of next generation mobility services providing digital services for cars using smart phones in anticipation of the coming age of 5G and V2X (Vehicle to Everything), and the development and offering of solutions to control on-board devices.

SCALA Cocoon planned for launch in 2020
SCALA presentation panel
SCALA 2 exhibition panel
Cruise4U automated driving on expressways NTT Docomo’s approach to collaboration in the connected car business

Bosch: Connected services, components, and the cloud

Bosch exhibited its IoT solutions in areas such as mobility, industry, and society under the theme of “Simply.Connected”. In the Mobility area, a mobile display screen set up in front of the “Connected Demonstrator” demonstration car, Bosch showed the relationship between connected services, vehicle interior components, and the cloud.

Exhibit theme "Simply.Connected" Connected Demonstrator
Display of infortainment system

Clarion: Smart cockpit solutions

Clarion introduced its Smart Cockpit Solutions, seamlessly connecting lifestyle and travel towards a future abundant and safe car society. The Smart Cockpit Solutions integrates the advanced technologies of Connected Technology, Safety & Information, and HMI (Human Machine Interface), and Sound to support the driver in all facets of life, not just in the vehicle interior.

In its Smart Cockpit for Enterprise solution for commercial vehicle applications, Clarion exhibited SAFE-DR (Smart Access for Enterprise - Drive Recorder), which it developed as a cloud-based vehicle management solution. The system transmits data such as camera images obtained from drive recorders into a cloud service, from which the drive service administrator is able to access the cloud server for various information from multiple commercial vehicles such as drive data and driver monitoring. The system offers safe driving support for drivers, supports efficient driving to avoid accidents, proposes various solutions to systematically prevent accidents, supports vehicle management tasks, and contributes to the improvement of operational efficiency and safety.

Clarion also exhibited a demonstration vehicle equipped with door speaker-less audio system (its first public exhibition). It is different from conventional door speakers that require harness wiring inside the door; by utilizing vibration speakers, the system enables improvements in weight reduction, downsizing, and sound insulation performance.

Smart Cockpit for Enterprise
Demonstration of cloud-based vehicle management solution “SAFE-DR”
Exhibition panel
Demonstration car with door speaker-less audio system
Exhibition panel

Oki Electric: "Flying View" 5G-based image monitoring system

Oki Electric introduced the 5G-based image monitoring system “Flying View”, which combines multiple camera images into real-time bird’s eye view images enabling the system to freely monitor 360-degrees around a vehicle from any angle. Compared to conventional monitoring systems that switch between multiple camera images, the system enables efficient and accurate monitoring that looks visually natural.

On October 2018, Oki electric commenced proof-of-concept demonstrations of its Flying View system, using it to remotely monitor construction machinery based on 5G technology which Komatsu had been leading to implement. In this year’s exhibition, the two companies exhibited actual real-time remote control demonstrations in their respective booths. Both companies are aiming for early commercialization of the remote control of construction machinery.

Also, in May 2018, Oki Electric announced that in cooperation with NTT Docomo it had successfully completed field testing of a wide area image monitoring system on a vehicle traveling at high speeds. The experiments were conducted in February 2018 at the Fuji Speedway, with NTT Docomo providing the vehicle and testing environment where the vehicle equipped with the Oki Electric “Flying View” system was driven at speeds of approximately 160km/h to evaluate the feasibility of image acquisition at high speeds. Oki Electric conducted the experiment foreseeing the potential of high resolution and real-time video streaming from moving bodies in the age of 5G technology, citing the realization of a new style of motorsports viewing as one example of its use. The company will continue to work on a wide range of activities relating to the development of wide area monitoring using “Flying View” images in future proof-of-concept demonstrations in the field.

The “Flying View” system used in the experiment combines the camera images using a system comprised of 4 on-board cameras, an image synthesis unit, a transmitter-receiver unit, and an FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) with high-performance image processing capability. In this system, high-resolution image processing is realized using a low-power, compact, and real-time system, making it possible to seamlessly acquire wide area images surrounding the vehicle without any blind spots. The acquired images are applicable to various applications such as surround monitoring, steering support, and scenery viewing.

Flying View experiment
Joint demonstration with NTT Docomo at the Fuji Speedway
Flying View
5G-based image monitoring

Kyocera: V2I roadside unit

Leveraging the technologies it has acquired in telecommunications, Kyocera is working on the development of “roadside units” to be deployed at road intersections, technology considered an indispensable technology in the V2I (Vehicle to Infrastructure) for the autonomous vehicle society of the future. The roadside units will be equipped with functions for collecting and distributing traffic signal, vehicle, and pedestrian information in the vicinity of road intersections. With the information distributed from the roadside units, potential hazards are known in advance to all parties, contributing to the realization of a collaborative autonomous driving system that links humans, cars, and networks.

Kyocera’s roadside unit features a combination of various telecommunications technologies that Kyocera developed from its wireless base station technologies and mobile telecommunications terminals. With Kyocera having worked on PHS base stations, the company possesses adaptive array technologies that remove radio signal disturbance, performs directional control, and is robust to interference. By equipping the driving environment with roadside units, stable communications can be realized at road intersections even in the presence of a multitude of radio waves simultaneously.

V2I roadside unit panel display
Exhibition panel: mmWave radar / V2I roadside unit
Cockpit demonstration machine
Demonstration of a world where roadside units are deployed
3D-AR HUD exhibition panel


CEATEC, connected car, connected, 5G, V2X, mobility, cloud, telematics, AI, image recognition, monitoring, HMI, smart phone, car navigation, camera, display, millimeter wave radar, autonomous driving, Toyota, LINE, SDL, Clova Auto, Valeo, XtraVue, SCALA, Bosch, Clarion, SAFE-DR, Oki Electric, Flying View, Kyocera, V2I roadside unit

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