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Mitsubishi and HERE Technologies pilot hazard system for autonomous vehicles

Mitsubishi and HERE Technologies pilot hazard system for autonomous vehicles

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and HERE Technologies have announced that they have successfully piloted a system that enables vehicles to automatically warn others about upcoming road hazards with lane-level precision.

The two companies state that they successfully completed field tests of the technology, called Lane Hazard Warning, in California in the United States. A trial in Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan also took place last winter.

The companies now intend to make the technology available broadly to automakers for them to test in their vehicles.

Lane Hazard Warning aims to enable an event detected by a vehicle’s sensors such as a disabled or slow car, a slippery road, debris or a pothole, to be precisely localised to a specific lane and this information to be transmitted in real-time via the cloud to other vehicles approaching the same area.

Hiroshi Onishi, Executive Officer and Group President of Automotive Equipment at Mitsubishi Electric said, ‘When something unusual happens on the road ahead drivers often have very little time to react and that can put them and their passengers at risk.’

‘Together with HERE Technologies, we’ve developed a new system designed to give drivers a few valuable extra seconds or minutes to prepare for a potential danger on the road ahead, such as by switching lanes or simply driving with greater caution. We’re excited about the potential of this system in improving driver safety,’ added Onishi.

Lane Hazard Warning utilises a vehicle’s sensors together with HD Locator, Mitsubishi Electric’s precise centimeter-level positioning technology, and the HERE Open Location Platform, the collaborative big location data platform.

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