Mitsubishi Plans to Use Missile Guiding System in Autonomous Cars
Mitsubishi is a jack-of-all-trades. The Japanese conglomerate doesn’t just have its hand in automobiles—it also has a variety of other branches in industries ranging from food to mining and basically everything in between. That’s why it should come as no surprise that Mitsubishi is taking advantage of one of its other branches’ technology to enter the autonomous car race.
Mitsubishi Electric Corp., a company that happens to be an air-to-air missile supplier for the Japanese Army, is shifting its focus from making weapons to the self-driving car segment. The company’s plan is to use technology that it has already developed for fighter jet missiles guidance systems to use in future autonomous cars.
“All we have to do is to put together the components that we already have,” said Katsumi Adachi, chief engineer at Mitsubishi’s automotive equipment division in an interview with The Japan Times. These parts include sensors, cameras, sonar, and millimeter-wave radar, all of which will be modified for automobiles.
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While the Japanese carmaker isn’t planning on making a completely autonomous vehicle, it does hope to use this technology to make certain features, including emergency braking and lane keeping assist, more accurate. The company plans to combine the sensing technology with its satellite system to send up-to-date location data to vehicles.
As Adachi states, “None of our competitors have such a wide array of capabilities.”And he is definitely not wrong. Despite the fact that Mitsubishi is entering the autonomous car race a bit later than its competitors, we have no doubt that it’s going to rise to the challenge with ease.
News Source: The Japan Times