An ICT-enhanced car of the future equipped with tablet and on-board server
Fujitsu Forum 2014 Tokyo is Fujitsu’s largest event and was held on May 15-16, 2014, at the Tokyo International Forum in the city’s Yurakucho district. In the exhibition hall, visitors were welcomed to a total of 72 demonstrations divided into three zones: Social Innovation, Business Innovation, and ICT for Innovation.
Within the on-board vehicle ICT demonstration, visitors experienced a future in which the integration of vehicles and society was achieved via technologies Fujitsu has been developing for many years. Fujitsu aims to create smart cars that provide comfort and safety, where a tablet computer is used as the center console and an on-board main server integrates information inside and outside the vehicle through a cloud system.
A futuristic-looking driving seat that you might expect to find in a cockpit was installed in the exhibition booth.
Using a tablet as a car key; centrally managing driving-support information
When the tablet is placed in the front of the vehicle, the driver is authenticated using Fujitsu’s proprietary technology in a secure environment. The tablet serves as the car key, automatically checking gasoline and battery levels and updating the system.
The tablet on the side of the driving seat provides information to support driving, including location information, as well as information on the operational status of the vehicle’s electronic devices. The device also enables the driver to control the in-car audio and air conditioning systems.
A commitment to increased functionality, including a mirror-free design made possible with on-board cameras and a haptic interface
The displays on both sides of the front tablet show imagery captured by the on-board cameras, which serve as side mirrors. The mirror-free design makes the vehicle body as well as the area around the dashboard more attractive and increases fuel efficiency thanks to reduced air resistance. In addition, image processing allows the detection and highlighting of specific objects around the car.
As part of the on-board vehicle ICT that Fujitsu demonstrated, the tablet on the side of the drivers seat has a touch panel that is used to control air conditioning and other systems. The tablet used includes Fujitsu’s next-generation haptic interface, which allows the user to experience smooth, rough or uneven textures on the panel’s surface. As the driver can feel the buttons and dials displayed on the panel, this interface enables him or her to control the systems by touch without having to look down, thereby improving driving safety.
On-board server allows drivers to experience the future of driving
The on-board server integrates the inside and outside of the vehicle providing useful features for members of this “automotive society”. This includes establishing a link with the intercom at the driver’s home to allow them to respond while driving to people visiting their house, as well as communicating a support center if the driver has an accident.
During the Vehicle ICT demonstration, visitors showed interest in the system’s original design and on-board technology, which suits today’s lifestyles, and listened attentively to the explanations.
Fujitsu proposes technologies that offer new potential for our automotive society and related industries, such as a feature that allows users to safely park a car while standing outside it using a tablet.
Fujitsu’s ICT allows for maximum security to provide smart cars that are reliable and safe
According to Kenji Kametani, Senior Director of Fujitsu’s Embedded Systems Division, Fujitsu’s greatest advantage with regard to vehicle ICT is the technologies that ensure a maximum level of security, an essential component of any ICT system.
He says, “The on-board server and central tablet serve as a gateway that is equipped with security features. A car will not run with a tablet for a different car.”
Self-driving cars that use cloud systems are coming closer to being a commercial reality. At the same time, hackers are already carrying out attacks against the on-board servers of automobiles in the United States, raising security issues that automakers cannot ignore.
Technologies designed to ensure maximum security will make it possible to create new business models, such as allowing multiple people to share one car merely by each person registering their tablet with that car. Fujitsu will continue to advance its smart car development in order to contribute to the development of future business and society.