Mitsubishi shows advances in 3D cockpit assist tech

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 12 January 2016

MITSUBISHI Electric Automotive America introduced its EMIRAI 3 xDAS concept car at the recent CES 2016 in Las Vegas.

Building on the EMIRAI 2 xDAS, which was introduced at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi Electric developed the EMIRAI 3 xDAS with evolved technologies for human machine interface (HMI), driver sensing, telematics, and light control.

The LCD panels on the dashboard and center console are laminated with an optical bonding process for high visibility and operability, as well as aesthetic harmony with vehicle interiors. The HMI center console features two separate tablet-size LCD panels mounted in such a way as to give the appearance of a larger, curved panel.

Display items can be changed according to user preferences. Cloud content synchronization and selectable contents layouts enable drivers to create highly personalized interiors.

Mitsubishi said it is is experimenting with a “three-finger twist” on the centre console panel to pull up controls for simplified adjustment of air temperature and music volume. The control can be slid from top to bottom screen and vice versa, changing functions. The result is reduced need for eye movement away from the road.


A 3D HUD, which appears in the combiner, provides three-dimensional images of objects up to more than 10 metres ahead of the driver so that the driver can keep his or her eyes on the road ahead.

3D imaging with binocular disparity adjusts the HUD’s position in the combiner according to specific situations, such as when turning or driving on an expressway for safer, easier driving.

The driver’s operating condition is sensed with a camera and a cardiograph that is based on a non-contact cardiograph co-developed with the National University Corporation Kyushu Institute of Technology. The driver’s face direction and line of sight are sensed via a camera.

The system also provides proactive analysis of map data to identify intersections with poor visibility, and then display side-camera views looking up and down the cross street. Further, the system learns to react automatically whenever the same location/situation is reencountered.

A cloud-based application analyzes the driver’s physical condition by comparing current behavior with past behavioral data stored in the cloud. If fatigue is detected, suitable rest stops are recommended.


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