Report: Mitsubishi to adapt military tech for self-driving cars

Report: Mitsubishi to adapt military tech for self-driving cars image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mitsubishi | posted April 01, 2016 13:26

Mitsubishi considering missile guidance tech for autonomous cars

Mitsubishi Electric Corp has been supplying the Japanese military with the necessary software and components that help guide missiles to their intended target/s. Now, Mitsubishi Motors plans to convert that kind of technology for their autonomous vehicles which they plan to roll out in 2020.

Parts like sonars, sensors, cameras and millimeter wave radars are being studied from which it will become the key components of the brand's self-driving tech. Moreover, the company has also received new orders for automatic braking systems and other devices that will help self-driving cars stick to their lane.

“All we have to do is to put together the components we already have. None of our competitors have such a wide array of capabilities,” said Katsumi Adachi, senior chief engineer at Mitsubishi Electric Corp.'s automotive equipment division.

Apart from the missile-derived tech, Mitsubishi will also be linking each autonomous car to a satellite system that will deliver up-to-date location data to the vehicles. Three more satellites are planned to be launched into orbit around 2018 that will collect data nonstop.

The Mitsubishi ex Concept

The company will begin production of their lane-keep assist and automatic braking systems by April 2017. Automatic parking systems, on the other hand, will start production in 2018. There is no exact timeline yet when will Mitsubishi be able to demonstrate their self-driving technology.

During the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi arrived with the eX concept, an all-electric crossover concept that features semi-autonomous tech. It can communicate with other cars, infrastructures and even pedestrians for added safety. It also comes with lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and an array of automated functions like lane changing, obstacle avoidance and valet parking.

Source: Bloomberg