Research & Development

With industry needs changing so quickly, research and development is the lifeblood of today’s automotive innovators. Mitsubishi Electric has first-rate R&D facilities that are creating technology for self-driving cars, improved user experiences, and increased transportation efficiency. In addition to automotive-specific research, our R&D teams incorporate the best tech from our global multi-industry parent to keep making cars even better.


Autonomous/ADAS

The evolution to self-driving cars is a holistic challenge, impacting how cars are designed and built, how they communicate with the environment, and how they are used and operated. At Mitsubishi Electric, our autonomous research is addressing a wide number of initiatives such as developing new cameras and long-range sensors, improving vehicle positioning with satellites and sophisticated dead-reckoning, and developing new user interfaces for pre-autonomous and autonomous vehicles. We’re also extending ADAS to handle more real-world driving situations and improve overall safety, and we’re developing infrastructure technologies that support communication to cars, pedestrians, cyclists, and cities.

 

Electrification

Electric vehicles are a transportation game changer, but for EVs to achieve mass public adoption they still need the maximum range and efficiency that will come through a number of technological advancements. Mitsubishi Electric is working on necessary improvements to highly specialized technologies such as rapid chargers, electric powertrains, power system converters, EV motor fabrication, flywheel power storage and generation, torque assist mechanisms, and more.

Electrification
 
Fundamentals

Fundamentals

No matter how much change is happening to the car, basic automotive technologies are still needed to make things move with increased safety and performance. That’s why we at Mitsubishi Electric are helping ICE engines become even more clean and efficient with technologies like redesigned airflow sensors, efficient filtering fuel pumps, less oil-consuming valves, and compact lightweight-transmission control units. For technology that works on both ICE and EV cars, we’re building higher durability sensors, more intelligent body modules, intelligent ballast headlights, and low-power LED controls. We’re also improving safety with measures as simple as improved airbags and full-vehicle safety systems.

 

Connectivity

Vehicle connectivity is a fundamental requirement to enable many features that increase the scope and power of the car. Our research into connected technologies is helping to develop solutions for cloud-based processing, car-sharing platforms, personal-data synchronization, always-updated navigation, V2X-enabled safety, and OTA-designed software architectures. Even with 5G wireless systems rolling out, networks are not 100% ubiquitous so we are looking into how these new capabilities can be robust and interruption-resilient in the face of urban canyons, remote locations, and service interruptions.

Connectivity
User Experience

UX

As the humble car transforms into a mobility platform, in-vehicle user experiences must tackle new challenges; a lot is riding on creating an experience that is modern and attractive, trivial to use, and delightful to occupants. That’s why we’re working hard to define the next generation of UX, combining augmented and virtual reality, hybrid haptics, and predictive HMIs to provide everyone in the car with a premium user experience. We’re also exploring the frontier of voice-enablement by integrating advanced voice recognition and identification with digital assistants. Our persistent focus on mechanical designs and leading-edge tech for professional-level audio and crisp colorful displays is also continuing to create premium experiences without premium pricing.

 

Testing

Automakers are trying to keep the quality bar high even as automotive development races to keep pace with consumer electronics. To help the situation, we’re working on innovations and improvements in an oft-overlooked place – testing and validation. At our advanced R&D facilities we are continually testing products at a component, system, and vehicle level. We’re also working on refining those processes with new techniques to help us reduce testing timelines while still delivering the automotive quality our customers have come to expect.

Testing