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Cutting-edge R&D Innovations; DENSO's Thoughts on Future Car Society

Amid reports that errors in awareness and handling as well as of judgment on the part of drivers are contributory factors in 75% of all road traffic accidents, DENSO is accelerating the development of technologies linked to proper car handling. These technologies correctly recognize the driving conditions, convey audio and video information about those conditions to drivers, and are linked to proper car handling in order to accurately support driver awareness, handling, and judgment. Here, we provide an example of those efforts.

Interactive Communication Cockpit

Realized through DENSO's accumulated sensing and human-machine interface (HMI) technologies, the Interactive Communication Cockpit represents the safety and security technologies of the near future.

Sensing technologies

These technologies combine information from multiple sensors to more reliably project recognized images showing the presence of pedestrians and bicycles or leverage vehicle-to-vehicle communication and infrastructure-to-vehicle communication technologies, so that drivers detect the presence of blind-spot hazards.

HMI technologies

These technologies link meters with a head-up display and remote touch controller to provide drivers with necessary video and audio information at the appropriate time and in an easily understood format.

DENSO will continue to advance R&D with an eye to the future, to reach the stage where driving is made safer, more secure, and more enjoyable by car to driver communication. More development of the technologies installed in the Interactive Communication Cockpit will be conducted toward product commercialization at an early stage.

Key technologies

①Communication Robot:Provides information through dialogue with the driver.

A friendly humanoid robot provides information through dialogue based on a driver's individuality and preferences. The robot is designed to give a sense of security, and a safe and fun driving experience.

Communication Robot:Provides information through dialogue with the driver.

②Large LCD Display: Presents information flexibly

Depending on the driving situation, the large LCD flexibly adjusts its display mode to make the information easier to read.

Large LCD Display: Presents information flexibly

③Large Head-up Display: Presents information in a safe manner

Drivers can safely obtain information while keeping their eyes on the road ahead. The large color display presents information on the driver's forward view in a timely and easy to see manner.

Large Head-up Display: Presents information in a safe manner

④Electronic Rearview Mirror: Clearly presents information

The mirror covers a wider field of view than ever before. In combination with image processing technologies, the mirror can clearly present information that requires the driver's attention.

Electronic Rearview Mirror: Clearly presents information

⑤Biometric Monitor: Checks the driver's health

When the driver grasps the steering wheel with both hands, built-in sensors assess the driver's health.

Biometric Monitor: Checks the driver's health