Hitachi has been improving the way people live and work for more than 100 years and has introduced the most groundbreaking advancements in automobile safety, comfort, convenience and security. Along the way, Hitachi has maintained its commitment to social innovation, progress and the betterment of society, and this commitment has never been more important than today, when technology’s impact is more powerful than ever before.
Among the automotive technologies that are top of mind for consumers, customers and society are the autonomous mobility technologies that power connected and autonomous vehicles. The new lifestyles, priorities and demographic shifts behind the demand for these vehicles range from increased safety and efficiency concerns to elevated cyber-security and environmental awareness. Yet, for some, especially those who came of age during the digital era, the demand also stems from their fascination with the latest technologies as well as the positive impact these technologies are having on their lives.
At a time when vehicles continue to become smarter and more communicative, and market and societal demands grow in sophistication, Hitachi is developing next-generation technologies that assist connected and autonomous features in performing an even broader range of driving capabilities, from lane changing and parking to braking and 360-degree sensing.
Raising the Bar for Testing with Mcity
To ensure that the capabilities of autonomous mobility technologies are tested and evaluated under the safest and most effective conditions, Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas and Hitachi America, Ltd. joined the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) as an affiliate member in 2015. The MTC is a public-private partnership among industry, government and academia dedicated to advancing the development of connected and autonomous vehicles. At the core of the MTC initiative is Mcity, the world’s first purpose-built facility for testing advanced mobility vehicles and technologies.
Mcity is located on the University of Michigan’s North Campus in Ann Arbor and sits on a 32-acre site, with more than 16 acres devoted to roads and infrastructure. The facility was specifically designed to test and evaluate the capabilities and overall performance of connected and autonomous vehicles in preparation for their mass-market introduction. Its controlled test environment recreates, in real-life urban and suburban settings, road situations, including the most at-risk, that vehicles can encounter.